Medical Excuse and Explanation Letter for School

Updated August 31, 2022

Taking time off from school because of an illness is not something we can help.

If we are unwell, it just does not make sense to go to school and possibly pass on your disease to others in your class as well – or feel constantly uncomfortable while you are there.

But as a student, you may not be eligible to write a medical excuse letter to your teacher or principal. You will need to ask
of your parents to do it for you.

Okay, so it has been a while since you wrote a medical excuse letter for your child! We can help. A medical excuse letter comes with a medical note from a doctor.

It may not be absolutely necessary to send a doctor’s note, but if you do, your credibility doubles. First things first – arrange to have it picked up from the doctor. When that is out of the way, you may consider determining what goes into an excuse letter of this sort.

A medical excuse letter is usually written by a parent to the teacher or the principal of a school. This letter charts out why a child is unable to attend school and how long he or she will stay away. A sample of this is given below for your reference:

Sample Medical Excuse Letter for School

Amanda James
87 Oak Street
Rochester, NH 02198
Tel: (000) 121-8545
Email: Amanda @ email . com

August 31, 2022

Mr. Colby Weston
St. James High School
3827 Rebekah Lane
Rochester, NH 03923

Dear Mr. Weston:

This is with reference to my daughter Amelia James, who is a Grade 9 student at St. James High School. Amelia has been suffering from a late bout of chickenpox and will not be coming to school for at least the next three weeks.

Dr. Ronald Peterson (Amelia’s pediatrician) has suggested that she be kept in quarantine for this length of time to ensure that her classmates and teachers are not exposed to the disease. I have enclosed a medical note from Dr. Peterson with this letter.

Amelia will be able to rejoin in mid-October. I realize that she will miss a lot of school work for which I request you to allow me to pick up her coursework on a weekly basis so that she can practice at home. If there are any tests administered during this time, I request you to use her average of other tests to determine the final score on the mark sheet.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


Amanda James