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Missing school is never ideal, but sometimes it's necessary. If you find yourself in a situation where you must miss school, having a good excuse is important. Here are 10 of the best excuses:
Illness is the most common excuse for missing school, and teachers and parents usually accept it. If you're feeling sick, be sure to tell your parents as soon as possible so they can call the doctor and get you a note.
Family emergency: This is another excuse that schools usually accept. If you have a family emergency, such as a death in the family or a sick relative, be sure to let your teacher know.
Car trouble: If your car breaks down on the way to school, you have a legitimate excuse for being late or absent. Be sure to call your school or parents as soon as possible to let them know what happened.
Doctor's appointment: If you have an appointment that can't be rescheduled, you can use that as an excuse for missing school. Be sure to get a note from your doctor to document your appointment.
Dentist's appointment: Similar to a doctor's appointment, a dentist's appointment is another legitimate excuse for missing school. Be sure to get a note from your dentist to document your appointment.
Funeral: If you must attend a funeral, you should inform your school beforehand. Be sure to get a note from the funeral home to document your attendance.
Wedding: If you must attend a wedding, you should inform your school beforehand. Be sure to get a note from the bride or groom to document your attendance.
Job interview: If you have a job interview, tell your school in advance. Be sure to get a note from the company to document your interview.
Pet Emergency: If you have a pet emergency, such as a sick or injured pet, you can use that as an excuse for missing school. Be sure to get a note from your veterinarian to document your pet's emergency.
Court appearance: If you must appear in court, you should inform your school beforehand. Be sure to get a note from the court to document your appearance.
What to do when you miss a test
If you miss a test, you should first talk to your teacher as soon as possible. Explain why you missed the test and provide documentation if possible. Ask your teacher if you can make up the test. If you are unable to make up the test, ask your teacher for other options.
The right excuse to give
The best excuse to give is the truth. If you are uncomfortable telling your teacher the truth, you can try to devise a believable excuse. However, it is important to remember that lying to your teacher can have consequences.
Here are some tips for giving a believable excuse:
Be specific. Don't just say you were sick. Say what kind of sickness you had and what symptoms you were experiencing.
Be honest. Don't exaggerate your excuse or makeup details.
Be consistent. If you tell your teacher one story about why you missed school, stick to it.
Be polite. Even if you're frustrated, be polite to your teacher when explaining why you missed school.
If you miss a test, the best thing you can do is to be honest with your teacher and work with them to make up the test.