Illness is something that directly impacts each and every one of us at some time or another. When students or adults are truly sick and contagious to others we certainly do not want them to place themselves or others at risk. However, there are also those times where it’s just easier to stay home rather than put forth the effort to get ready and fulfill the responsibilities of the day. Research clearly indicates that regular student attendance can have a positive impact on student achievement and that excessive absences can have a detrimental impact on student achievement. Excessive absence is commonly referred to as 18 or more absences in a school year or only two absences per month.