Thursday, May 24, 2007
Posting to get this out of my system... hopefully!
My son, who worked harder to bring up grades, who also went to school not feeling well to keep his absences as minimal as possilbe, all to be exempt from semester tests, has to take some of them afterall. I checked him out early one day, to go take his driving test and get his license. *I* checked him out, signed the sheet myself, telling the office where we were going. All seemed fine and dandy. TODAY... he finds out that that half day has been unexcused because I didn't write a "he was absent because..." note. It doesn't matter what your grades are, unexcused absence = take semester test. So I went to the principal and told him I didn't know he needed a note when I'm the one who checked him out, and when the office was already told why I checked him out. He said a note has to be in the file... fine, I said I'd write one, he said it's too late and shows me in the "handbook" where it says that a student has 5 days after an absence to bring in a note. I told him it didn't specify that if a student is checked out half a day by his parent that a note is still needed. He says that my son has to take the tests. and walks off. The secretary, who is a nice lady, apologized and says she can't do anything because she has to go by the rulebook... I tell her "you know what I think they can do with that rulebook" but assure her that she's not the one I'm frustrated with. What's more, is that this principal has such an arrogant look on his face the whole time. Like he enjoys the authority he has over kids, especially when he can do something right for them, but smugly doesn't... He's such a rear-end oriface!!! All he would have to do is accept the note from me and put it in my son's file... He already knows it's a legitimate excuse and it would change my son from having to take these tests to being exempt. But no. And now I have to encourage my furious son to calm down, and to do his best on the tests because they are worth 1/4 of his grade for the semester.