How to Write a Sample Excuse Letter for School or Work?


There may be situations where you were unable to go to school or work either for valid or unexplainable reasons. Sometimes you may not really feel like going to school or work for no reasons.  Especially during the cold winters you feel like it is sort of a punishment to wake up in the morning. As your mind holds you back from getting ready to go to school or work your brain starts thinking about giving a good excuse for not going at the same time. You would have listed a few excuses that might serve your purpose of absenting yourself from the day classes. No schools accept excuses if you do not provide them in a proper form. The same rule applies to people who are not set for the day to go to work. Let us see a few guidelines on how to write a sample excuse letter for school or work.

Decide the reason

Your sample letter mainly revolves around the reason that you state for absenting yourself. So, deciding a valid reason for not going to school or work is necessary before you start writing the letter. For example, you may want to state a medical reason for not going to school or work. Medical reasons fetch you unquestioned leave if you provide a proper proof for your illness. In such cases, you will have to attach a medical certificate from your doctor along with your excuse letter to validate the same. Likewise, you can use reasons like an emergency at your home, your family member is unwell, death of your relative, your wife is pregnant, etc which you can put forth.

Sample Excuse letter for School

Ensure that your excuse letter does not narrate your state of condition in full length or tell a story. Make it crisp and to the point not exceeding 2 or 3 lines. Here is a sample excuse letter for school which you can modify to suit your needs.

Dear Mr./Mrs./Principal,

My son had been down with cold and flu for past two days. I am attaching the doctor’s note for information. Now he has recovered and back to school. Please allow him to attend classes from today and help him to catch up with his missed classes.

Thank you for your kind consideration.


Mrs. Susan.

Sample Excuse letter of Work

Today, you have the convenience of sending excuse letter for work through email. Your excuse letter needs to sound respectful and professional. Include the date, name and designation of your supervisor, company name and address at the beginning of the letter. The body of the letter should explain the reason of your leave and give information of any document that you would be attaching. Needless to say, you have to keep the letter short and simple explaining the exact cause. Here is the sample excuse letter to work which you can modify to suit your needs.

Name of the Supervisor
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr……..,

Please treat this letter as a written documentation for not attending the work on July 8, as my child was not keeping well. I am attaching the Pediatrician’s note for your information.

Thank you for your kind consideration.


Your Signature