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Old 09-26-2013, 04:01 PM
 
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We have a new policy...

if they miss 15 minutes of class they are consider absent for the day...this includes "can I use the bathroom?" and then wander the halls...but also includes leaving at the end for an appointment!

7 absences (excused or unexcused) can equal no credit! They can appeal any decision and have an appointment...

The absences include all the state tournaments, family vacations etc

I am kinda liking it..especially for those that miss a bunch and then want all their work to make up and think they have earned a credit!

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Old 09-27-2013, 12:14 PM
 
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They would have no complaints from me. I am surprised, however, that absences due to school-related competition / games would count. When I was teaching high school ( and even sometimes in middle school ) it seemed like the football team had to miss most of 7th period several times during football season.
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I disagree with excused absences being counted. Having a child with medical issues there were years where many more than 7 classes were missed, especially the classes that were late in the day or the class period that met every day.

I also can't see how a school related function could count as a mark against them.

I do agree with the wandering the halls or coming late from a previous class without a note from attendance, admin, or the counselor.
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Really all those legit excuses wouldn't affect them...it is just away to stop the chronically absent from saying that all that stuff is favored over their excuses!
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Won't credibility be lost when it is found that excused absences are not really included even though the "policy" says they are?

What is a policy if it is never intended to be followed? If this one isn't really followed, how can any of the other school's policies be seen as credible and non-negotiable?


Just asking questions because it seems not a great idea to institute a policy knowing it won't be enforced the way it is written.

I really have a huge problem regarding not letting students with excused absences make up the work or absences based on school-related activities. If those activities a problems, maybe the programs that have potential to interfere in the school day should be dropped completely.


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Old 10-05-2013, 09:04 AM
 
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i think that if they are excused absences and they go over the limit, they can set up a mitigation "hearing" with admin & someone from district. Valid explanations would work... but hopefully the pain-in-the-butt part would discourage students/families from being so cavalier about absences.
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I would like it as ap arent except excused absenses should count. perhaps tag the truancy person for investigation but shouldnt' count against. My ds misses a ton for band and sports and a medical condition. We have to bring a doctors note for any medical illness issues. otherwise that is great. had a kid just today show up tardy the last 3 min of class then he didn't even sit down just stood by the door to go. I kept him in as absent.
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