As a teacher, my job is to report attendance everyday into the automated system (along with the day's lunch count). Beyond that, I don't have any input in terms of excused or unexcused absences. So I have a parent who is disputing an absence I input, as Unexcused ("truant"). The student was in fact absent. I don't think she is disputing the absence; I think she is disputing whether the absence was excused or not. I guess my question is: What is the definition of an Excused absence vs. an Unexcused absence? In trying to figure it out myself, I went into my class' attendance statistics, and I had plenty of students with Unexcused absences. Can anyone tell me the difference?