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    Default They are now punishing our children for being sick at our elementary school...

    They no longer allow make up work to be done at home!!! A child must either catch up before school...OR...Stay later after schools out to make it up. A child who's been sick like my son. Deserves to come home and rest before having work shoved at him. Do they want these children to become sick again for pushing them to hard? A school day followed by a long absences due to an illness is hard on a day...but to extend it. Without a break to lay down and rest...I'm so not happy with this new rule...and they will hear it.

    I mentor in the school...So if I can do that for FREE why can I not work with my son at home? To help him make up work? I'm infuriated...
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    Wow! I'd be furious! Not everyone has the luxury of getting their child to school early or letting them stay late either. This rule makes ZERO sense! Did they give you a reason for it? The only thing I can think is that the work isn't getting done at home (amazing how many parents really don't care that their kids do what they are supposed to), but if that was the case they should make them stay/go early when they show up without any work done. I hope you can reason with them - good luck!
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    Wow! I'd be furious! Not everyone has the luxury of getting their child to school early or letting them stay late either. This rule makes ZERO sense! Did they give you a reason for it? The only thing I can think is that the work isn't getting done at home (amazing how many parents really don't care that their kids do what they are supposed to), but if that was the case they should make them stay/go early when they show up without any work done. I hope you can reason with them - good luck!
    I learned that the school makes extra $$$ when their attendance is full. The principal stated that it isn't fare that children get all A's...when they are not participating in the classroom. Thus...my son has a C for Class participation the one day he was absent...I was like...ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?! He is freakin' SICK! My child has rights...

    Though his teacher did tell me...she would make sure this doesn't effect his grade average. But...I know another mother...who's son has been all A's since he's been in school. He's in second grade now...and had strep and broke his wrist...and is now down to B's in all his classes. Due to this reason. It's wrong...and I'm infuriated...but then wonder...if my son's teacher made a point to call me at home. Should I wait until they actually ask to keep him over the extended school time? Before I toss a hissy fit? For he won't be staying over...
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    This concept is crazy! My boys are adults so I don't even know the rules of schools now. Mine always had to make up their work at home when they missed due to being sick.

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    WOW! I hope you can get that changed somehow but speaking up. They are expecting a bit too much from kids who can help being sick. I mean this is elementary school right?!?! I could maybe see in high school where ditching would be a factor but seriously?!?!?!

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    @KMARINO
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    This concept is crazy! My boys are adults so I don't even know the rules of schools now. Mine always had to make up their work at home when they missed due to being sick.
    That was our school policy as well...the principal just changed it recently I learned. A phone call from a concerned teacher gave me the heads up as what to expect. Our principal...I'm going to have a hard time respecting after this new rule. Punishing a child while they are sick. I was curious as to when he commented during assembly the parents that send their children to school sick. And commended them. I was like...What the So spread the germs around and share!?!

    Watching to see how this plays out. If it effects my son...members in Texas may hear me roar! [I live in Ohio by the way]
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    @cadillactaste, thanks to the no child left behind act, I doubt this will be a problem for long. Grades will drop along with test scores then the school will lose federal $ and teachers may or may not lose raises( depends on the state you live in), So it may just have to be something that plays tself out. The principal will soon learn he has shot himself in the foot.
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    @cadillactaste, thanks to the no child left behind act, I doubt this will be a problem for long. Grades will drop along with test scores then the school will lose federal $ and teachers may or may not lose raises( depends on the state you live in), So it may just have to be something that plays tself out. The principal will soon learn he has shot himself in the foot.
    They also get money for having a larger attendance. So I'm told...thus why this rule was put into place...as well as he doesn't feel children who are not participating...deserving of an A.

    Though I'm all for him soon learning he has shot himself in the foot...
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    Default Re: They are now punishing our children for being sick at our elementary school...

    Both my kids are in high school, and luckily they are not sick very much at all. On the occasions they have been ill, they've always done their make up work either at home or in study halls. Seems a stupid rule to make a kid stay after school if the work can be done at home!

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    @dozersmama I am out of the loop with kids in school but I think the no kid left behind act has been left behind. When my kids were sick ('70s-80s) I would go to the school and get their assignments so they'd be caught up when they went back. @cadillactaste I'd like to hear your roar in Oregon, too!

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    @dozersmama I am out of the loop with kids in school but I think the no kid left behind act has been left behind. When my kids were sick ('70s-80s) I would go to the school and get their assignments so they'd be caught up when they went back. @cadillactaste I'd like to hear your roar in Oregon, too!

    I spoke again to his teacher...and explained how concerned we were over having children stay after school. I told her that when my kids go back to school after an illness. I make them come home and take a 20 minute nap before starting on any homework. She calmed me...and explained that she doesn't plan on doing any such thing. But that is the rule. She'll grab him during library time and such...to have him make up the work. She also said to keep him home until Monday. With him still having a fever today...slight that it was. That to be fever free he would only possibly make Friday...and no reason to send him school then. Let him eat and build up his strength...[He's still not wanting to eat...but I'm getting fluids in at least]

    So no roar just yet.
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    I'm a teacher and I can totally see both sides. You would not believe how often kids miss for no reason (although some parents still call in and "excuse" them --- then the kids come back and tell us that they weren't really sick!). Also, you wouldn't believe how many kids miss school and then copy everyone else's work to catch up! At the same time, there are some kids who are legitimately sick and legitimately would catch up properly at home. Some, however, simply don't care and don't do the catch up work. It is very frustrating! I usually say that my rule is that if they miss they have to stay after school or come in at lunch to catch up, HOWEVER, if it is really obvious that they were really sick, and that they really would catch up on their own time (without cheating), then I usually just quietly make an exception. Every child and family is different and I don't want to mark something that was clearly done by someone else! Some kids, however, do have good support at home and do care about their education. These kids would take the work home; learn how to do it; and catch up without issue. I usually just make a general rule and then make exceptions when it is reasonable to do so! It sounds like you would be one of those parents who would make sure that your child caught up properly! Some parents aren't. I have actually had a parent admit to me that she did the work FOR her son. Now, if he gets sick, trust me, he'll be in after school to catch up!
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