For an absence to be excused for educational reasons, the intent of the experience should have been educational from the outset and comparable to that which the student would have experienced in school. Family trips and vacations that were not initially designed to be educational will not be excused. Signing this form documents that this absence is for valid educational purposes. The Head of School should deny the request if the cumulative effect of such absences would substantially interfere with the education of the student. If the Head of School does not approve this request, you will be promptly notified.