Another not so great of an excuse is “Our printer was out of ink so I couldn't type my final paper.” There are many ways you could do your paper or whatever you need to type. First you can put whatever it was that you were typing on a USB and take it to school to print it out there. Secondly, if you don't have a USB or even a printer you can write it out in pen on a piece of paper. Finally, the obvious reason is to email the work to your teacher's email and they will print it out.
Finally an excuse like this “I was sick/absent” is not going to make your hmework disapear. First of all youcan either call the school for your homework or email your teachers for it. For example, go to the school website and find the teacher's email adress and ask them for your homework. Secondly, you can text a friend and ask them to tell you the page number or whatever they did that day and get the work from the. Fianlly, the most important reason this excuse is difficult to accept is because when people are sick/absent they think 'Oh a day without homework is going to be nice' really when you get back to school the homework is just waiting for you. So better to email teachers, call the school, or text a friend than having double the homework the next day.