We too received a letter this week regarding our 5-year-old's absences from school this year. Two of them from related illness with doctor visits, three from a death in the family and protocol that transpired. The letter cost the city the postage, the time it took for whomever to write it, and last I checked court costs were $44.
This seems like an incredible waste, and lack of foresight on behalf of the legislative and governing bodies. To run parents through some meat grinder of a system where come time for court they simply dismiss the cases when they finally use some discretion and make the right call. (as was in Ms Beth Meyers' case)
How many cases have to be dismissed at the taxpayer's expense before they will realize that this needs to be either recalled or improved immensely?
What are we to do when we get to the point that we are AFRAID to keep our child home during illness, etc., due to fear from possible court proceedings driven from the county attorney's office?
Do we send our kids to school with the flu, fever, etc., because for me, that doesn't seem to be in the best interest of the children.
I don't even want to get started on some county attorney's assertions relating to the parent's discretion on what may be an excusable absence...
Ben and Michaela McEntarffer