There are things that get my dander up. I think the Lord allows them in my life to help me grow in love. Dealing with certain people on the phone can have me acting non Christ like. People telling me what I can and can't do with my children is another thing that angers me. It's the second one that has me up in arms tonight.
I received a letter from the school where our older two attend. It was informing me of their truancy policy and the consequences of non-compliance. Example:
"Excused absences include illness, medical and dental appointments, religious release, college visits, funerals, family vacations, and school functions." Okay so...
Illnesses with a doctor's note will be excused, but without a doctor's note may or may not be. Yadda, yadda, and so on. Children will not be excused to chase cows, take care of siblings, visit grandma, etc. "If a student receives an unexcused absence, a warning letter is mailed to the parents to alert them to the attendance situation."
"If a student receives three unexcused absences on three or more days, the student is considered "continuing truant". At this point, the school notifies the appropriate social services department that deals with truancy and /or the county attorney's office."
"If a student receives seven unexcused absences on three or more days, the student is considered "habitual truant". At this point, the school again notifies the appropriate social services department that deals with truancy and/or the county attorney's office."
"The following consequences may occur when the student is referred to county truancy services. Face-to-face meeting with parents, juvenile court, student may lose or be denied driving privileges, parents may be found guilty of a misdemeanor and/or be charged with educational neglect if they are found to be contributing to the student's absences."
Okay, is it just because I don't like being told what to do? Why does it bother me so much? I encourage my children to learn, but I don't stress out about them going to school. If they have something else to do, I usually let them. There are other ways to get an education. My oldest came home and said this whole policy stinks. Well, not quite like that, but close. How can a school take parents to court if their children miss school? How can a school take away drivers' licenses?
I feel better now. Thanks for letting me vent. God is in control and not the school district. (But boy, they sure think they are.)