January 6, 2012

They Started It

I got a letter from the School Attendance Nazi's right before Christmas break. It said...

Dear Parent,
Aidan has missed two days of school and left early two times. Keep in mind our attendance policy. After five absences a meeting will be scheduled with the principal to discuss the issue. After seven absences we will notify the prosecuting attorney who will order your public execution in the city square.  
School Attendance Nazis

Or some such shit. As I look at this letter I am thinking about how in the month of January alone a total of six potential school days will be missed due to the school closing for one reason or another. So I plan on sending them a letter on February 1 that will say something like this.

Dear School Attendance Nazis,
Aidan and the rest of the student body have missed six days of school this semester. Note: We are merely 30 days into said semester. Please keep in mind your performance relating to your attendance policy the next time you find yourself typing up a shame-on-you letter to me because my kid was sick for two days and was checked out a half an hour before dismissal twice in one semester. You're not the only ones keeping track.


~aj~ said...

That stuff drives me CRAZY! Last year I got a letter at the end of the year that if Adam missed one more day we were going to be investigated by DHS. Seriously?!?! There are kids suffering from malnutrition and abuse in his school and I'm going to get investigated because my kid had strep throat 2 times?!

He's already missed more days this year than last year, so I'm just waiting for the letter or phone call. They seem to want him to be at school feeling horrible and sharing all those germs with other kids just so they can get their $$$ for having his attendance recorded. Maddening!

Kritta22 said...

Do it!!!!!!

Unknown said...

Love it! I used to be a teacher and now that I'm on the other side, I see how schools take themselves way too seriously. Don't get me wrong, education is a very serious issue, but the amount of time your son missed is hardly anything to make an issue of. P.S. I LOVE your blog and candor. Because of the nature of my blog, I am never really free to be me. You write all of the things I wish I could.

Unknown said...

Missed you!!!

You better send that!


The girl with the flour in her hair said...

I hate it when the school threatens public executions. I've been taking my son out of school for therapist appointments and they're getting a little put out. I can feel it every time I let his teacher know. She doesn't seem to understand that it's for her own good. He's in therapy for a reason, lady. Ahem. Anyway. We have had 3 SNOW DAYS so far this year. It's COLORADO. It has snowed three times this school year. One time there was barely a couple inches. And the school closes? I have a feeling this is going to be a long winter.

Hope you are doing well! :)

Ordie O. said...

Good Lord.

Niki said...

God, I love your response. I hope you send it or something like that. I hate getting those letters and phone calls from the schools. "It's important that your child be in school." Really?!?! I had no idea. :-/ Ugh. My kids only miss if I believe they're too sick to go to school.

Brenda Susan said...

Haha! Perfect! I've been away from my blog and am so happy to be back so I can read you and LOL!

ummmhello said...

Public execution... it's a Catholic school, isn't it?! :)

Lorie Shewbridge said...

Your response it PERFECT!
I heard about something like that from a friend of mine and think that is ridiculous. I can remember when I was a senior in high school, I missed 78 days due to illness, but I made up all the work and graduated with honors. Can you see that happening now?