ammendment to my post: In my frustration I did not state clearly that if you miss more than three days in semester and don't have straight A's then you have to take semester tests and you can't go on the exemption trip. It is an incentive for the kids to be at school. My frustration is just because I love my wonderful daughter and I don't want her to be punished because I decided to take her out of school for vacation, and a think 3 days a semester is a little tough for the guidelines for exemption.
What's the biggest difference between Elementary School and Middle School? The Attendance Policy!
I am blessed with an intelligent child who so far has not struggled in any subject, and seems to just to take school in stride. I know they have to have attendance policies, I really understand that. But I am sitting at home today with a sick child trying to decide if I should send her to school anyway because this will be her last absence if she wants to be exempt from semester tests and get to go on the trips. She missed the other two days because we decided to pull her out for vacation. (insert visions of me stabbing myself in the heart with a knife). I shouldn't have this much angst over 3 days of 6th grade!! Do you remember any certain three days of middle school?
She has all A's, she never gets in trouble, she is a fly under the radar kinda girl (knock wood). Should she be punished because of me? And why three absences? Why not four, two in each quarter, is that too much to ask? Anyway...she's staying home in hopes of getting to perform tonight in the school musical. So I guess we just pray that we get through the next 41/2 weeks without any other absences. Rules are Rules--we knew them going in--we knew the risks of missing for vacation--blah,blah, blah,---It still sucks!