January 17th, 2007

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Oh please, oh please.

It's 4 in the freaking morning. Michael has a 101 fever, with a barky cough and sore throat. Matthew is having bad dreams. I'm just really uncomfortable and had JUST gotten to sleep. Fuck.

We got a call from the boys' vice-principal because there is a rule in their school district that if you miss 10 days of school, you don't get promoted to the next grade. This is KINDERGARTEN folks. I have Matthew with an immunodeficiency who missed all of 4 days because of it, and we kept them out 2 for the holidays to go to Indiana. Michael has missed 3 days sick and the 2 days for Indiana. So we got a 'warning'.

Well, I suppose I could look at it like keeping Michael home today means he and brother have the same number of days out.

I'll say it again. Fuck. Please let me go back to sleep for the couple of hours I have left before getting Matthew ready for school.
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School attendence

You've heard me complain about the absenses my boys have had, and how we have been threatened with them having to repeat kindergarten. I spent some time trying to get the full story on their web site, and I'm still just as confused.

Matthew has beeb absent 3 times in the first 9 week period, and 3 times in the second 9 week period. He has been tardy one time.

Michael was absent 2 times in the first 9 week period and tardy once, and out 3 times in the second 9 week period and tardy once.

The way it seems to read below, that would be 7 for Matthew and 7 for Michael???? If they were absent or tardy 3 more times within a 6 month period, they would have to repeat kindergarten?

Here is the wording on kindergarten, and since it seems to make a distinction between a 5 year old and a 6 year old, I'm not sure what to make of it:

Students who are at least six years of age, or who have been previously enrolled in first grade, and who have not yet reached their eighteenth birthday shall attend school for the entire period the program is offered, unless exempted as indicated below. Students enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergarten shall attend school.

Parental warning policy (which we have received a phone call, not writing, because they haven't hit 10 days yet):

The District shall notify a student's parent in writing at the beginning of the school year that, if the student is absent from school on ten or more days or parts of days within a six-month period in the same school year or on three or more days or parts of days within a four-week period, the student's parent is subject to prosecution under Education Code 25.093, and the student is subject to prosecution under Education Code 25.094 or to referral to a juvenile court in a county with a population less than 100,000.

It seems like if we hit that pount, there is an attendence committee we can appeal to and try to get them boys declared as having completed comparable work. Whatever that would be for a kindergartener.