"Vicki" wrote in message
"GI Trekker" wrote
I highly recommend homeschooling and finding other ways for your child
her friends -- after school, weekends. This "truancy" argument sounds
a bit like a threat. One thing to always remember in matters like
is YOUR child. NOT the school's and NOT the state's.
My mother faced a similar situation one time with me in the third grade,
with regard to truancy, but with regard to an absolute horrible teacher
distinctly despised me. The feeling was mutual. She also had a soft spot
the biggest bully in the school. The overall situation got so out of
the school board and my mother had a discussion. Of course they tried to
intimidate her, and gave preference to the teacher's statements over
my mother was not the type to be readily intimidated, and the school
eventually had to back down and had to persuade the teacher to back off
treatment of me.
Bottom line on truancy -- what the schools are most concerned about is
every student who doesn't show up is ultimately money lost in their
budget. That's why they may try to intimidate you in these forthcoming
meetings. Do not let them, and please give serious consideration to
homeschooling. It sounds like it would be the best optional
Luckily dd's teacher is very nice. The principal seems good. We're
with people on the school board. We are supportive of the school and have
had a good relationship in the past. dh volunteered in the classroom last
year. We initiated and donated money to start a community fund to finance
special projects or trips that teachers might want to do... I'm not
that the letter from the principal *isn't* about money... it just seems
misguided if that's what its about. It surprised us, got our attention...
but not in a good way. I'm angered by the letter. Maybe she is required
send the letter and has no over-ride authority. I don't see this as an
issue the school board would have authority over... I don't know who
supposed to talk with, and what options are legal. dd will be truant by
their definition. Then what? I don't know.
She is almost certainly required by law to send it. I would strongly suggest
getting documentation from your doctor, if possible, on past absenses, and
certainly getting documentation for ANY further medical absense.
Your state education code should be online, and will give truancy statutes.
dd rejected ft home school, and that's ok w/us right now. Maybe we'll
change our tune if we can't resolve this.