un·​ex·​cused | \ˌən-ik-ˈskyüzd \

Definition of unexcused 

: not excused specifically : not officially excused or permitted an unexcused absence

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Someone from the department will become part of the team that will work with students who have had six or more unexcused absences. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit schools ramp up efforts to reduce chronic absenteeism," 25 June 2018 When the hospital’s chief of staff questioned the unexcused absence of the department, VA officials reassigned her and imposed a gag order on her. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati VA turmoil: 3 patients sent elsewhere when surgery department closed for 4 days," 11 June 2018 For example, Eagan said a parent commits educational neglect when a child racks up a large number of unexcused absences from school and is failing academically. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Child Advocate Expands Probe Into Use Of Home Schooling By Parents Suspected Of Abuse, Neglect," 6 June 2018 Eligibility would be from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, and employees would have to have a perfect attendance record with no unexcused absences, Councilman Jim Marker, R-1, said. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Airport asks Griffith to become partner in operations," 16 May 2018 City policy states that students who accrue more than 30 unexcused absences in a class during the school year should fail that class. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "Teachers at a D.C. school say seniors’ absences were erased, prompting investigation," 11 May 2018 Schools might mark participants as having an unexcused absence. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Students Walk Out of Schools in Protest Over Gun Violence," 20 Apr. 2018 Kennedy students who walked out were due to receive an unexcused absence, based on a letter Superintendent Jorge Aguilar sent parents Wednesday. Diana Lambert, sacbee, "Sacramento students join National Student Walkout to protest gun violence after Parkland | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Apr. 2018 In Arlington County, Virginia, students who leave class Friday without written permission from parents will receive an unexcused absence. Anchorage Daily News, "A day of student protests to end gun violence: ‘If people across the country are taking action, I want to be a part of that’," 20 Apr. 2018

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circa 1650, in the meaning defined above

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