It's not a huge issue if you miss a few days. It doesn't take many absences for a student's grades or graduation chances to suffer. According to Attendance Works, skipping just two days per month (or 18 days per school year) can have a significant impact on a student's academic progress. The site reports that students who skip class without excuse more than twice in a semester are three times more likely to drop out of school.
If you're missing lots of school because you're sick, maybe seeking medical attention is the best thing for your health and academics. But if you find out after it's too late that you need to attend some classes or seminars, there are options for making up missed work. Depending on the course level and how much has gone by since you missed class, there may be resources available such as make-up exams or even credits toward future courses.
The important thing is that if you cannot attend class, then you should make an effort to let your professors know as soon as possible so they can adjust their teaching plans to avoid affecting their students' grades. Some universities may even be able to offer extensions for certain deadlines if you tell them that you were unable to attend class due to illness.
Overall, missing too much school can have serious consequences for you and your education. If you're not feeling well and think you might have a fever, consult your doctor before going to class.
How many days are you allowed to miss from school? Because most schools in the United States have 180 school days, the amount of permissible absences in a year must not exceed 18 days, whether excused or unexplained. However, many states and cities have laws that provide for more or less than 18 days of absence without penalty. For example, some districts allow 20 days of absence without comment while others limit absentees to 10 days without proof of illness.
In Canada, the average number of days of school missed because of illness is about 4. In Europe, students typically miss about 2 weeks of school per year due to illness.
In Japan, the average number of days of school missed because of illness is about 1.5. South Korea has a similar rate of illness-related absenteeism - around 1.5 days per student annually.
In Australia, children generally miss one day of school per week because of illness or injury, which is equivalent to about 3 months out of 12 months. However, if a child misses more than three months, this is considered abnormal attrition from education and should be reported to the child's primary care provider or doctor. If the problem persists, another opinion may be sought from an educational psychologist or psychiatrist.
How many days of school can you miss before you get suspended? Although standards differ from state to state in the United States, most schools consider pupils to be truants if their absences reach 10% of the total days in a school year. One academic year is typically 180 days long, thus 10% is 18 days. However, if your school uses a cumulative system then missing more than 20 days in a row may result in your being labeled as a dropout risk.
In some states it is possible to be held back a grade level because of excessive unexcused absences. This would apply if you were to miss 100 days in a row, for example. Your parents would have to sign an excusal form stating that they cannot afford to send you to school every day due to lack of employment or other reasons.
In other states you would need to pass a test to be allowed to return to class. The content of this test depends on what grade you are trying to regain and how much time has passed since your last visit to the classroom. For example, if you are attempting to regain grade 9 math classes could require you to show that you know the material well enough to pass a standardized test. If no such test is available then you would simply have to provide a valid reason for your absence.
The length of time that can be granted as an absence varies significantly from state to state.