Both parents and students should realize that performances and extra rehearsals are a required part of the coursework. This includes in-school field trips and after-school activities. Unlike regular class work and written examinations, there is no way to make up a missed performance. Students depend upon their classmates to perform with them, and the audience exists at only one point in time.
The following reasons for absences may be:
- Health problems severe enough to keep the student at home, or the request from a doctor that the student not participate for a valid medical reason.
- Death in the family
- Religious observance
- Extreme emergencies/circumstances – accepted at the discretion of the director