Me: Hi, I just wanted to let you know that Alex and Liberty Serendipity won't be in to school today.
Ms. I-have-a-God-complex secretary: Why? Are they sick?
Me: No, they just won't be in today.
Ms. I-have-a-God-complex secretary: Well, if they aren't sick then explain to me why they aren't coming to school?
Me: Because I just called you and said they weren't.
Ms. I-have-a-God-complex secretary: I see. Fine. I will have to tell the principal then.
Me: Thanks! Have a great day!
You're going to tell the principal on me? Really? Seriously? Oh, I'm terrifieded!
I was just wondering but...aren't they my children?
- MY uterus? Check!
- MY hours of labor? Check!
- MY sleepless nights when they were born or sick? Check!
- MY breast milk that fed them? Check!
Wow! So they really are MY kids.
Today neither of them is sick. But Alex is burnt out and has started begging me to keep him home and home school him. It's not an option for me, but it does tell me there's issues and he needs a break.
Most adults are given sick days, mental health days, and personal days. Kids are given scheduled holiday breaks, not days to use when maybe they need a break. I personally think that's asking a lot out of a child.
Where does the school district get the right to harass and threaten me about when I do and do not send my child. They both attend regularly. Out of the entire year Alex only missed 5 days last year and 3 of those related to sickness. They are both straight 'A' students and both have been recognized already this year for the 'Character Counts' program and invited to a breakfast to honor that. Yet, I will still get a rather snooty letter in a few days explaining how many unexcused absences my child has, and how detrimental that is to his/her education and how if this type of behavior continues or becomes excessive then steps of action may be taken.
I wonder if this means I'll end up in detention!