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 five excused days for each infestation of head lice.
I. Students on field trips and students who attend alternative to suspension programs are NOT considered absent.