The attendance manager can inadvertently make this change in in Academics > Settings > Attendance > Attendance Categories.
Tip: Since the default Absent - Excused has no sort order number, it always appears as the first Absent attendance type.
Example of the default Absent Unexcused attendance type inadvertently changed to an Excused attendance type.
Example of how the default Absent attendance type needs to look:
Note: As an attendance manager, you have access to change the title of the Absent reason and Excused/Unexcused. However, it is best to keep the Excused/Unexcused set to Unexcused.