A valid excuse is defined as one of the following:
  1. a written or typed statement on the formal letterhead of some official who states that the student was or will be unable to complete the assignment on time. Details of the reason are not wanted. (i.e.; there is no need to specify the specific medical condition or even who has it other than "in the family".)
  2. an official notice in any publication, with specific dates covering the period in question, which includes the student's family name, giving a valid reason for absence such as: wedding, death, birth, religious ceremony, or religious holiday.

Examples of acceptable official excuse

A note, on official letterhead, from a:

Letters, phone calls or notes from parents, relatives or friends are NOT accepted under ANY circumstances. Proof of absence MUST include your name or a direct family-name connection.