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A Request for Permitted Absences (from School) is a letter used by parents or guardians of a child (or children) to request that the child (or children) be permitted to be absent from school. The letter should be directed to the school head, such as the principal or dean of the school.
For children who are enrolled in public schools, there is no defined limit to the absences that the student can take however, regularity of attendance and punctuality is required in all classes. Students can likewise attend special holidays and activities related to their religion provided that permission from the school head is sought.
For children who are enrolled in private schools, students may not have absences of more than twenty (20) percent of the prescribed number of class or laboratory periods during the school year or term otherwise they will fail the course. However, the school head may exempt a student who exceeds the allowed absences if the reasons for the said absences are considered valid and reasonable to the school.
Children who are permitted to be absent from school should keep up with the lessons, assignments, and examinations.
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The user should fill in all the information required to complete the document. Once the document is included, the person indicated as the sender (either the mother, father, parents, guardian, or guardians of the child or children) should review the document and, if all information is correct, sign the same. This type of letter is usually delivered personally to avoid any delays in communication.
A Request for Permitted Absences should follow the guidelines provided in 2000 DECS Manual and the 2010 Revised Manual of Regulations for Private Schools in Basic Education as revised by the Department of Education Department Order No. 11 Series of 2011, specifically for stating the reasons that are valid for permitted absences.
Other laws that relate to the education of children are the Elementary Education Act of 1953, Education Act of 1982, and The Child and Youth Welfare Code, among others.
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