Attendance Office (to report an absence): 847-582-7500

The School Code of Illinois recognizes illness, death in the immediate family, family emergencies and situations beyond the control of the student to be valid cause for missing school. Parents need to seriously consider whether or not the reason for the student missing instructional time is sufficient to warrant the absence. Parents are responsible for notifying the school according to the absence procedure when a student will be absent. Such notification should occur the day of the absence. If the number of absences becomes excessive, the parents must provide documentation of reason. There are three categories of student absence at Lake Forest High School:

1. Excused (E) absences for the following reasons:
a. Illness
b. Family emergency
c. Death in the family
d. Religious holidays
e. Situations beyond the control of the student as determined by school officials
2. School related (S) absences for the following reasons:
a. College visits
b. School suspensions
c. Field trips
d. Athletic contest/ tournaments
e. Pre-arranged appointments with staff members (counselors, psychologist, social worker)
3. Unexcused (U) absences: Any absence not authorized or school related will be considered an unexcused absence for the student. The absence will also be considered Unexcused if a parent phone call or note is not received within 24 hours of the absence. Schoolwork missed because of an unexcused absence may not be made up. Documentation will be required if absences become excessive. Excessive absences without proper documentation may be considered unexcused and will be subject to the unexcused absence policy.

Student Resource Officer

The school resource officer acts as the liaison between the schools and police department, as well as promoting safer schools and students. The school resource officer is in the roll of law enforcement, yet serves as an advisor to students and families.


As the final weeks of school wrap up, the Deans' Office would like to remind all students and parents of the importance of being in class. Our new attendance procedures allot students 9 discretionary absences per class, per semester. Please be cognizant of where your student currently stands. You can access this information on PowerSchool by counting absences coded "P" or "U". If you anticipate further absences that will place your student "under review" (term used for students who have exceeded 9 absences) please feel free to contact your son or daughter's dean. This has been a successful year; together we've emphasized the importance of being in class and created good habits for the future. Thank you for your continued support!

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