4 Ways to Not Go to School and Stay at Home

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4 Ways to Not Go to School and Stay at Home
4 Ways to Not Go to School and Stay at Home

Skipping class to stay home is a tremendous amount of work. Pretending to be sick to take a day off takes acting skills and some preparation, and even if missing is involuntary, homework and class content lag behind. Still, there are days when I can't face school. Here are some tips on how to convince your parents to let you miss these days, whether for real reasons or not.


Method 1 of 4: Faking illness

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Step 1. Start acting early

It's a lot easier to make your parents believe you're sick when it's time to go to school if the acting starts the night before.

  • To eliminate any suspicion of being a lie, the sooner you start, the better. Show that you are indisposed as early as the previous afternoon. When you get home from class, don't run around in the street, stay at home and don't leave your room too much.
  • Be apathetic in the presence of your parents, so they can tell you're tired or out of breath. Don't do the things you always do; if you want to watch TV, lie down and look disinterested and sleepy. Go to bed early and make sure your parents notice this.
  • For an extra touch of realism, eat less than normal for dinner, and when you swallow, make a sick face and put your hands on your stomach. Say you don't feel well and don't eat dessert. You can also order a tea to "calm the stomach".
  • During the conversation about the day, tell them that a boy threw up in class, or that a friend who always goes was missing. Use a friend they don't know and that's the reason they're sick.
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Step 2. Have symptoms

It's hard to fake outward symptoms like skin allergies. Try to show signs of internal problems, such as pain or nausea.

  • Going to the bathroom frequently is a sign that something is not right with your "belly". Pretending to be tight, running to the bathroom, and flushing the toilet regularly may suggest you have diarrhea or food poisoning.
  • To say you have a migraine, pretend to be sensitive to light and sound, put your hands on the sides of your head and say that your head is throbbing, and look sick. In this case, do not watch TV or listen to music under any circumstances.
  • To say you have a sore throat, pretend you are in pain and ask for hot tea or something cold. Suck on a gum and talk as little as possible, claiming that talking hurts too much if they ask. It's a good idea to cough a little, to be more convincing.
  • Show that your symptoms evolved overnight. Start going to the bathroom or coughing a lot between midnight and six in the morning.
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Step 3. Be convincing, not over the top

One of the worst mistakes when playing "sick" is pushing the envelope. Too much "drama" will raise "suspicions" and your parents will realize you're lying.

  • The ideal is to fake a simple illness and not one that requires proof. For example, acting out that you are vomiting and pretending to vomit is very laborious and risky, they can catch you in the act of fabricating the "evidence". Likewise, faking a fever by placing the thermometer in something hot can also go wrong.
  • Don't go against your parents if they say it might be better not to go to school. While their "concern about missing class" seems noble and more convincing (we don't want to show eagerness to stay home, right?), if you were really sick you wouldn't be so insistent on going and they wouldn't have to talk you out of it. You may be hesitant when they offer you this option, but don't act like you're worried about school like you never were before.
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Step 4. Don't heal too fast

Keep in mind that your parents can take you to school later if they realize that you've recovered overnight or that you've been lying all along. To stay at home feigning illness and not sound the alarm of distrust, act like a sick person all day long.

Gradually recover throughout the day. Rest and have a peaceful day. Sleep all morning. After lunch, when you'll be eating less than usual too, say you're starting to feel better. When night comes, he should already be recovered, even if tired

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Step 5. Don't use this feature often

This could be a shot in the foot; your parents may not believe you when you are really sick and may even end up taking you to the doctor for fear of being chronic.

Method 2 of 4: Speaking the Truth

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Step 1. Inform your parents if you are ill

This is the most common reason for students to miss classes. So if you feel like you're getting really sick, let your parents know and "ask" to stay home.

  • Any school will insist that you stay at home so as not to infect others. This will help you recover faster and prevent your illness from spreading through school.
  • Reasons good enough to miss are fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, rash, unusual pain, earache, moderate to severe headache, muscle aches, wheezing or difficulty breathing, pain in the eyes or the presence of lice.
  • Common cold symptoms such as coughing, runny nose, and sneezing should also be noted.
  • Stay at home until symptoms go away without the need for medication, around 24 hours if possible.
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Step 2. Don't go to school if you experience a tragedy

Losing a family member, friend, or other close person is serious business, and the pain of the loss is strong enough to stay at home. Open up to your parents and tell how this loss hits you.

  • You may think they won't understand how you feel, especially if the event in question affects only you. Everyone (or almost everyone) understands how painful grief can be and that it takes time to recover.
  • However, face that grief must come to an end. The pain of loss can last a long time and you may not be able to recover on your own. If you feel that you will not be able to return to school after a few days, seek professional help to overcome your sadness.
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Step 3. Be honest if you are being bullied at school

Being a victim of bullying is also very serious and you should talk to your parents about it. Explain how difficult it is to be mistreated every day at school, how it affects your academic life, and ask for a day or two to sort things out.

  • It is very common for students to hide that they are harassed for fear of appearing weak, crappy or for fear of making things worse. During childhood and adolescence, there are few steps you can take to resolve the problem of bullying without the help of your parents, teachers, and other adults. Doing nothing about it will only make the situation worse, so do something to stop it. Talk to your parents or guardians.
  • The effects of bullying can linger into adulthood, causing problems such as anxiety, depression and insomnia. Take care of your future, strive to be mentally and emotionally healthy as an adult talking to your parents about what you're going through.
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Step 4. Ask them to cheat together

Tell your parents that you would like to spend a special day with them and ask if they can be absent from work too. This is even more advisable if the day is not important to either of you, with no tight deadlines, late work or exams; another situation in which this would be more possible is to be about to leave home to live elsewhere.

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Step 5. Ask for a mental rest day

Talk about how you feel with your parents, maybe you are under stress, or anxious about something. Adults often forget how school life works and being a teenager can be quite difficult at times. However, if you're dealing with everyday difficulties at school, it might be better not to skip. Talk to your parents if you are depressed, stressed or suffering from anxiety. A day without class won't kill you and you might be surprised by their response.

It is important to seek professional help if you find that your symptoms do not alleviate with a day off. Talk to your parents and ask them to schedule an appointment with a therapist. It will also let them know that you are serious, and if you really have a problem, it will help you control it

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Step 6. Stay indoors on rainy days or other environmental issues

On a day of galloping storms, when floods are pouring through town, it can be really dangerous to leave the house. Maybe your school doesn't even open. Even if school doesn't close, it's a good idea to stay home these days.

In general, if the situation is really bad, your parents may not be as resistant to the idea, especially if they also have the opportunity to stay home when this sort of thing happens

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Step 7. Think of other possible circumstances

A round-trip with the family, or a visit from a distant relative that everyone cares about can be strong enough reasons to miss a day at school – the name of it is special occasion. Remember that special occasions are rare, so don't overdo it. Weigh the pros and cons of staying at home or going to school and explain to your parents in a reasonable manner how it would be better to be absent, since there is nothing important in class on that day.

  • Of course, some aspects must be noted. Not all schools accept this kind of justification. In that case, you really need your parents' permission to be absent, so they can communicate to the school that they are aware of your absence.
  • Your parents or guardians can sign a written authorization for you to be absent a day or two if you make arrangements in advance. Furthermore, this will give your teachers time to prepare a homework assignment during your time away.

Method 3 of 4: Wrapping

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Step 1. Delay on purpose

Plan your morning a little late, those crucial minutes when the school gate closes and there's no time to enter.

  • Dress slowly like a slug. Then drop breakfast on yourself "unintentionally" and change your clothes slowly.
  • Pretend you're looking for something very important, like a shoe or a uniform jacket, since you won't be able to enter school without it. Find it, but spend between 10 and 15 minutes looking.
  • Say you're having a bad day; cry if necessary. Hopefully your parents will feel sorry for you and let you go. Remember that being late can make others late, especially if your parents take you to school.
  • If that's the case, their employment may even be affected; think if this is really a good idea.
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Step 2. Miss the bus

Who has never missed the bus, let's throw the first stone. This will only work if your parents also leave early in the morning for work, or if they don't have time to take you.

  • So as not to get in your face, get to the bus stop shortly after it passes and walk back home at a very slow pace. Maybe your parents don't have time to drive you to school.
  • Let your parents know you missed the bus if they are no longer home when you arrive, but wait long enough not to give them more time to pick you up. Try to look disappointed that class was missed so they don't suspect it was on purpose. Say that on that day a very cool event was going to happen and you were looking forward to it.
  • There is a possibility that they will be at home when you arrive. In that case, they will most likely take you to school. Say you don't want them to be late at all and be emphatic about it. Explain that the consequences of missing class are less important than theirs and that you don't want to affect your work routine. As always, don't overdo it. His parents know him well enough to recognize when he's lying.
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Step 3. Lose something

You can't go to school without your books or homework, right? Turn the house upside down looking for what you lost. The messier your room is, the more time you'll waste on this endeavor and the more late you'll be.

  • Likewise, the smaller the object, the easier it is to lose it and the harder it is to find it. Your parents won't believe you lost your backpack, for example.
  • The more important the object, the longer you will have to stay at home, probably until you find it or miss class. A good choice are glasses, or contact lenses, without which you cannot see and therefore cannot read and study (depending on your grade, you may not even be able to walk on the street).
  • Another option is to lose your keys on the way to school. Keep in mind that doing this often has several negative consequences, such as missing the year due to absences or your parents' trust. Don't lose control.

Method 4 of 4: Absent with justification

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Step 1. Convince your parents to call the school

This is standard procedure, your parents are required to call the school to let them know you are not going and explain why.

While many schools ask for nothing more than a warning, there are some stricter ones that require formal justification, see if that's the case with yours. Furthermore, all schools will miss you and this can have a negative impact on your academic performance

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Step 2. Call the school yourself, if allowed

No school will allow an underage student to call to let you know they are going to be absent, but if they are over 18 this is legally acceptable.

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Step 3. Get a medical certificate

The medical certificate is a document that proves that you are sick and therefore cannot go to class; some schools even excuse the absence if it is presented.

As stated earlier, absences affect school performance. Providing a certificate is of paramount importance if you have a health problem that takes you away for an extended period. The amount of time varies from school to school, but generally more than "three" days of absence is enough to compromise academic progress


  • Face the real problem. Reflect on why you want to be absent. If it's a serious problem like bullying, seek help to resolve the situation rather than running away from it. This will bring you peace of mind and you will feel better and more secure in the long run.
  • Avoid missing! Don't lie, and try to follow the rules established by the school when you need to be absent. Skipping class for no reason can cause problems, you can gain a bad reputation and miss the year.
  • Know what you're missing. Be careful not to run out of subjects, important duties and the teacher's explanation, making the work very difficult. Before deciding to miss, think about how it will affect you and how difficult it will be to make up for lost time. What's more, being absent too much is demotivating and you can lose the healthy pace of your studies, causing a serious problem for your grades and performance. This reflection is even more necessary if you want to be absent for no legitimate reason.
  • Remember there will be consequences. Whether for health reasons or because you simply don't want to leave the house that day, missing class can leave you behind in content and compromise your entire academic life.

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