Absence and Holiday Policies


If the student cannot make the lesson at his/her time, 24 hour notice is required to receive an excused absence.

The student will be charged for missed makeup lessons, less than 24-hr notice for a missed lesson, and exceeding the excused absence limit of 1 per every 3 months.

In the event that lessons are canceled due to inclement weather, students will be notified by email. These lessons are considered weather-related absences and do not count towards the excused absence limit. But we might not have to miss at all. With all the advance notice we get these days, we can just do a Skype or Face Time lesson. You’ll need a web cam and the rest is free.

Missed lessons due to illness will be made up at my discretion. If you’re sick, stay home. I will do my best to make up for the time missed. But, if you feel well enough to do a lesson and know you’re in that contagious phase, let’s do a lesson via Skype or Face Time. It works really well and it’s free. You’ll need a web cam, of course.

Excused absences and weather related absences are considered makeup lessons and cannot be used as credit toward future lessons.

Make up lessons will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time between the student and the teacher. Missed make up lessons will not be rescheduled and the student will forfeit the missed lesson. If we cannot meet in person to reschedule the option, makeup lessons via Skype or Face Time are always an option.

In the event that lessons are canceled to due my absence, the student will not be charged if the lessons cannot be rescheduled.


Of course this varies from person to person, and if you feel it’s important to observe a holiday not on my list by not coming to lessons, I can respect that. In this event you’ll receive an excused absence (with prior notice). My major holidays include:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (first Monday of September)
  • Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November; the Friday after will be at my option)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

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