Or does something about this not sit well???
My daughter missed school last Friday, she's in junior high school, 8th grade. Friday night, we attended the high school football game.
Monday morning, she was called into the office and asked why she wasn't at school and why she was at the game. She was told that it is against school district policy for a student who misses school to attend any after school event, at all, ever. She was told that she could be asked to leave an event if it happened again and she could be punished. She felt like they were trying to intimidate her and did not respond kindly. She told them that she wasn't feeling well and that she was at that game with her parents and to call them. She was then told that her "disrespect" would not be tolerated and if she did not stop it, she would be given in school suspension.
I forgot to send a note, but we have 3 days to do so and in all of my years of parenting a school aged child I have never had one questioned about their absence nor have I been contacted about an absence. If a note is sent, it's marked excused, if no note is sent, it's marked unexcused.
Now, I've always known the rule is if you aren't at school, you can not participate in an after school event. She was a spectator, not an active participant.
I called and spoke with the person that had this discussion with her who tried to tell me that he was only trying to inform her of the district policies. He made it all sound very sweet and kind. My question was why didn't he contact one of her parents. She's a kid, she can't drive herself, we had her stay home and we took her to the game, so to me, that's an adult conversation. He said he disagreed and has the right to question students as he sees fit and is not obligated to contact parents. She said that the attendance clerk pulled her from the lunch line to fill out some form because she did not have a note and that the man questioning her was nasty and used a mean, hateful tone from the get go, that he was not being nice at all.
Well...the person taking tickets at the game Friday night is the attendance clerk at her school. So, bright and early Monday morning, she told the vice principal that she had been absent but at the game, which is what brought all this on. WTF...who does that and why? What was the point? She walked into the football game with both of her parents, the woman spoke to both of us, but did not bother to say anything at that time, she waited and had her called into the office for this???
I have searched high and low and can not locate this policy anywhere on our district website. I asked for the vice principal to send it to me in writing, but he won't, or at least he hasn't.
In the long run, I know it is a non-issue but it really pissed me off!!!