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Does the school have to accept a parent's note explaining student absence?

No. If there are reasons to suspect that the parent's note may not be legitimate, the school does not have to accept it. The principal has the authority to challenge a parent's written excuse for illness if the excused absences for the illness are excessive and the parent fails to provide medical documentation from a licensed physician or practitioner substantiating the illness.  Similarly, a physician's note does not have to be accepted if it does not cover the period of absence or appears to be fraudulent.  The school may request additional verification when making a determination if an absence is excused.  

For more information, call the Office of Attendance and Truancy at 215-400-4220 (Opt. 1) or visit:

http://webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/a/attendance--truancy/

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