Others miss days because they're sick, have a family emergency or have to go to the doctor.
But none of that has ever happened to one McLean County student. In fact, she is about to graduate high school with perfect attendance.
18-year-old Ashleigh Feger of the Downs area has not missed a day of school since kindergarten in 1999.
She described the accomplishment Friday with ease. "I just pushed through it and always made it," she said.
For Feger's biology teacher, the accomplishment is much more astounding.
"I have kids and will get a call from the grade school because they're sick. I know how easily it is for kids to miss school," said Kristin Myers.
Feger's perfect streak started in kindergarten, when Feger's mom challenged her to never miss school. She met the challenge not only that year, but also in first, second and third grades.
That's when Feger decided to maybe she could keep it going even longer.
"After about three years, it was my own thing. Maybe I could just do this through high school," she said.
Feger did just. In all, she went 13 years in the Tri-Valley School District without missing a single day.
When asked how she did it, Feger said it came down to luck, strategic planning, dedication and a strong immune system.
"I just really tried to not be too sick. Eventually it just got to be where I would only get sick when I didn't have school," she said.
She added there were many mornings where she just wanted to throw in the towel.
"I've been sick and throwing up with massive headaches, but I just took a lot of medicine," she recalled.
Feger also made it a point to plan appointments and other events after school.
She said, "When I had braces, I would schedule all of my orthodontist appointments for 4 o'clock. My mom would pick me up right as soon as the bell would ring."
But don't think everything worked out so smoothly for Feger over their years. She specifically remembers two events that almost ruined her record.
"Once I hurt both of my ankles dancing one night and had to go to the hospital. I was there until 3 a.m., but came to school that morning at 7 a.m. on crutches." she said.
Another close call happened when Feger was in a nasty car accident before school one morning. She said she called the school, before she even called the police.
"They wanted me to go in the ambulance and get checked out and everything, but I told them I had to go to school," she said.
The reason why Feger never wants to miss is because of how much she loves school.
"I love the environment and I like all the people and the teachers," she said. She added she also hates doing make-up work.
Now the teen is days away from graduation and clinching her final perfect attendance award. She plans on adding it to the others she's received.
And her hope is she'll be able to continue not missing class when she starts at Eureka College this fall.
"That's the plan. I hope I can do it. We'll see," she said.
Myers said Feger's legacy is one other students should strive for.
"She is one of those students that is exceptional with everything she does," she said.