Stark County Schools recognize that on occasion students may miss school for extenuating circumstances, other than illness or a death in the immediate family. Prearranged absences will be granted under the following guidelines when planned in advance of the absence, are limited to five (5) days per school year, and must be approved by the principal. Due to the changing nature of schoolwork, providing all homework in advance of a vacation may not be possible. It has become increasingly difficult for teachers to translate active learning experiences into simple paper/pencil activities which do not need further explanation or classroom experience. Please understand that your child’s teacher may choose to provide some homework in advance of the vacation and complete the remainder upon your child’s return to school.