Excuse forms will be reviewed for the following:

1. Participation in a school-sanctioned event (e.g., athletic event, choir concert, national or state conference or competition)
  • For athletic events, student must present tnAchieves with the game schedule AND a signed note from the coach.
  • For other events, student must present tnAchieves with a signed note from the faculty advisor/sponsor.
  • No rehearsals or practices of ANY type will be considered excusable absences.
  • Club meetings will not be considered excusable absences.
  • School social events (e.g., proms) will not be considered excusable absences.
  • Any event falling outside of a school-sanctioned event will NOT be considered an excused absence (e.g., club sports, auditions).
  • In order for the absence to be considered excused, a student must be a member of the school’s student body and an active participant in the event.
2. Death in the immediate family
  • Student must present tnAchieves with a death certificate, obituary or a funeral service remembrance card that is specific to the meeting date missed to remain eligible.
3. Personal illness
  • Student must present tnAchieves with a signed doctor’s note that is specific to the meeting date missed to remain eligible.
  • Illness within the family is not an excusable absence.
4.  Conflict with post-secondary class schedule
  • Student must present tnAchieves with a class schedule AND a signed note from the professor confirming attendance specific to the meeting date missed to remain eligible.
5.  Conflict with religious observance
  • Student must present tnAchieves with a signed note from religious leadership indicating date and time of the required religious observance or activity that conflicts with assigned team meeting and confirming student attendance.
  • No rehearsals or practices of ANY type will be considered excusable absences.
6. Personal or Immediate Family Emergency
  • Student must present tnAchieves with valid proof that is specific to the meeting date and time missed to remain eligible (e.g., emergency room documentation).
Students are responsible for notifying tnAchieves prior to or within 72 hours of the missed meeting via the excuse form provided here. Failure to meet this requirement, even with a valid excuse, will result in loss of TN Promise eligibility.
  1. Work, lack of/inoperable transportation, scheduled vacations including weddings and all other excuses outside those outlined above are not considered excusable absences and will result in a student losing his/her TN Promise eligibility. This includes meetings that are rescheduled due to inclement weather.
  2. A student who arrives late to a mandatory meeting will lose his/her TN Promise eligibility. Likewise, a student who leaves a meeting prior to adjournment will lose his/her TN Promise eligibility.
  • A student who has an approved absence by tnAchieves must attend a make-up meeting to remain eligible. The student must attend the make-up meeting prior to the end of the scheduled team meeting’s calendar (i.e., If a student misses the second team meeting and meets the 72 hour excuse form policy requirement, he/she is responsible for attending another meeting before the conclusion of the first team meetings.). Failure to attend a make-up meeting for any reason will result in loss of TN Promise eligibility.
    • It is important to note that tnAchieves strongly encourages students to attend their initial assigned meeting rather than requesting an excused absence, as the make-up meetings will most likely be held outside the student’s county of residence and the mentor is not asked to attend make-up meetings.