It is the Mission of the Nebraska Family Forum (NFF) to promote education policies in our state that preserve and protect parental authority and the integrity of the family. In so doing, we will preserve the cooperative and respectful relationship between school authorities and parents, preserve a family-centered community, and provide a well-rounded education for our kids.
New Attendance Law Takes Effect With New School Year
Parents:The new state law regarding
school absences took effect on July 18.As children throughout Nebraska head back to school over the next couple
of weeks, we will begin seeing how our own school districts and county
attorneys handle the changes.(Please
click on this link for a reminder of the primary changes included in the new
new law has returned discretion over attendance back to the school districts,
within the guidelines set forth in LB464, and many of those districts have
revised their attendance policies over the summer.Some
of the new policies look great; others continue to be unreasonable.Case in point is Lincoln Public Schools,
which still categorizes parent-approved illnesses and medical appointments as “unexcused,”
with no differentiation between parents calling their children in sick and kids
who are really skipping school.
Nebraska Family Forum as a group had a great impact on getting state law
changed and returning discretion to the local level.It’s now up to you, the parents of each
district, to communicate with your school boards if you are unhappy with your
local attendance policy.
members of the NFF, myself included, have experience dealing with school boards
and administrators, organizing other parents, and effecting change.We would be happy to guide you through that
process.However, a parent in Omaha, or
a statewide group such as ours, cannot resolve a bad attendance policy in No.
Platte or Lincoln or Hastings.That is
up to individual community members.
be intimidated by your local school board members.You elected them, and they are there to do
what’s best for your children and your families.They are your friends and neighbors and
fellow parishioners.NFF members have
found that school boards are, for the most part, approachable and open to
hearing from the parents they represent.Most of them are parents too, and are more than willing to listen to
advice to all of you is to read your district’s new attendance policy NOW.If you think it’s reasonable, that’s
great.If you have issues with the way
your district plans to implement the changes to state law, I suggest you take
action right now.Don’t let the new
policies catch you by surprise.Be
proactive, instead of being forced into the position of reacting after the
fact.Protect your kids and protect your
family, now rather than later. These are
OUR schools and they exist to educate OUR children.It is our right and responsibility as parents
to speak up and ask for change when school policy is hurting our children.