From the Pinellas County Schools Student Code of Conduct:
V. REASONS WHY AN ABSENCE, A TARDY OR AN EARLY SIGN OUT WILL BE EXCUSED
An absence, a tardy or early sign out will be excused if caused by one of the following reasons:
A. The student is ill or injured.
B. There is a major illness in the student's immediate family (this means parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents, or others living in the home).
C. There is a death in the immediate family.
D. The student attends religious instruction or there is a religious holiday in the student’s own faith.
E. The student is required by summons, subpoena or court order to appear in court. A copy of the subpoena or court order must be given to the principal.
F. Special event. Examples of special events include important public functions, conferences, state/national competitions, as well as exceptional cases of family need. The student must get permission from the principal at least five days prior to the absence.
G. The student has a scheduled medical or dental appointment.
H. Students having, or suspected of having, a communicable disease or infestation which can be transmitted are to be excluded from school and are not allowed to return to school until they no longer present a health hazard (F.S. 1003.22). Examples of communicable diseases and infestations include, but are not limited to, fleas, head lice, ringworm, impetigo and scabies. Students are allowed a maximum of three (3) excused days for each infestation of head lice unless extended by the principal.
I. Students on field trips and students who attend alternative to suspension programs are NOT considered absent.