Why are “sick” absences no longer excused?

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WCSD received guidance from the state, which adopted a federal definition of absences in 2016. This state and federal definition doesn’t differentiate between unexcused absences and excused ones, such as when a student is sick. However, families need to call the school whenever their child is out ill. If a student is absent for more than five days due to an illness, families are encouraged to contact the school to determine a plan so the student won’t become chronically absent.