Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Community Voices: Scott J

Scott J said on: December 27, 2011, 12:09 pm

Some people want to draw a correlation between a kindergartner missing school and adults missing work. I appreciate that employer's hold adults to certain standards of attendance, adults have the ability to suck it up and go to work. Do you really think that the standard for a 40 year old equates fully to the standard for a 5 year old?

The biggest issue hear is that their is not any "excused" absence. The process gets started and agency's spend tax dollars for "excessive" absences even if there is a doctor's note for each day missed. I guess bureaucrats know better than doctors who is healthy enough to go to school.

I can keep my kid home to get healthy or have him sick and not learning for a longer period of time. Being a parent actually makes you responsible for both the Health and education of your child.

I highly doubt that my kinder-gardener will be spending the day playing video games and smoking if I keep her home sick. My child missed 5 days for legitimate medical conditions with doctor's notes. (H1N1 and broken arm) I received a letter regarding these excessive absences.

If this is a High School issue than apply the law to High School Kids. The law as it is written treats 5 year olds the same as 18 year olds. Common sense would dictate that if all your arguments in support of the law deal with Truant High School kids, then High School Kids should be the focus of your new policy not all kids.

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