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    Filed at 3:19 pm under by dcobranchi

    At least the mom made the right decision in the end and brought her home.

    Jim Peacock chronicles the idiocy of an attendance policy that basically deems parents too stupid to decide when their kids are too sick to go to school.

    Why the insistence upon doctor’s notes? It comes down to parental disenfranchisement. Parents are not trusted to determine when their children are sick. It must be verified by a doctor (or, apparently, the school nurse). If the school gets a doctor’s note they can count the child as an excused absentee. Without the note they must count the student as an unexcused absence, a black mark for the attendance office.

    Yes, as usual, IAATM.

    3 Responses to “READ IT AND WEEP”

    Comment by
    Bec Thomas
    February 21st, 2005
    at 9:35 pm

    What’s sad is that I’ve worked on a few cases where the children had a cronic medical problem, had to miss school often, with doctors notes, and the schools still charged them with truancy. They drag the family through court and in the end the school districts loose the case because the child had an illness and the doctors signed off on it.

    Comment by
    February 21st, 2005
    at 11:37 pm

    What’s also sad here is that for families w/out health insurance it can cost as much as $90 to bring a child into see a doctor. There are some things that even our pediatrician prefers that you not bring kids into the doctor’s office. Like chicken pox(unless they are having a severe reaction)
    Some things are just viral & a doctor can’t do anything for you. It’s only after several days of a fever or green gook coming out that a common cold can show signs of possibly progressing into a sinus or chest infection.
    Doctor’s are relectant to prescribe antibiotics until there’s clear signs that things are more than viral.

    Comment by
    February 22nd, 2005
    at 7:41 am

    Indeed. Here in NC, the government schools send horribly nasty, threatening letters when a student is absent, even for one day. No, I’ve not gotten one, as I refuse to participate, but I know others who have.