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.
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