Lawful and Unlawful absences are defined specifically in the Aiken County Public School Code of Conduct. When a student returns to school after an absence, he/she should take a note of explanation from the parent, guardian, physician, or other health provider to the attendance office. Notes must be submitted within five (5) school days. Failure to submit notes for absences within the allowed time shall result in the absence being marked unlawful regardless of reason. All absences, whether lawful or unlawful, are charged against the maximum allowed.