Students Fail After 3 Unexcused Absences

Students Fail After 3 Unexcused Absences

There are 9 comments on the WSMV-TV Nashville story from Jun 20, 2009, titled Students Fail After 3 Unexcused Absences. In it, WSMV-TV Nashville reports that:

Maury County always had a rigid attendance policy, but it softened the policy by allowing kids to make up unexcused absences.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at WSMV-TV Nashville.

shelby

Columbia, TN

#1 Jun 23, 2009
that is not rite i dont understand why yall are like this with kids
Selma

La Vergne, TN

#2 Jun 27, 2009
Perhaps we would like our children to learn that 'rite' is not a word.

So it is unfair for Maury County to expect students to have a note from a doctor if they are absent more than 12 days in a 180-day school year? That is far from unreasonable.
Bobo

Spring Hill, TN

#3 Jul 31, 2009
Selma, the story said that EVERY absence requires a doctor's note. That's bull.

No school is going to tell ME that my child has to go to the doctor for something that can be treated at home. No school is going to force ME to take time off from work and pay for a doctor's visit when neither are necessary.

And "yall" isn't a word either, people...
Selma

La Vergne, TN

#4 Aug 2, 2009
Bobo,

I can't find where the article stated that every absence requires a DRs note. Perhaps I missed it?

Quote from article.

'student whose unexcused class absences exceed three during a nine-week grading period wont receive credit for the course, regardless of the grade earned.'

It does not state that every absence requires a doctor's note. It only states that a student can have only 3 unexcused absences and still receive credit. That is 3 per a nine-week quarter. There are several absences codes that are in the Maury County Handbook
1. Unexcused
2. Doctor's Note (Excused)
3. Parent Note
4. Death in Family
5. Field Trip (Excused)
6. Court

There may be others, those are the ones that I can think of off the top of my head.

Bobo, what you do with your child is up to you, of course. I do not know if you have a child attending Maury County or not, but if you do, then this is not the first time that parents have been offended by the school policy.

Last year, many parents had concerns about the dress code. Some argued that it was not the school's responsibilty to tell them how to dress their child.

How about immunizations? Well-child physicals?

Bobo, you do realize that you can take your child to an after-hours clinic? More than likely, there is one where you live and most are open until 6PM and some are open later, the one in my area is open until 9PM. Heck, even Kroger has one that is open until 7PM and can handle most common complaints.

Children who have chronic illnesses can implement a 504 plan with the school system.

momma Of 2

Carthage, TN

#5 Aug 3, 2009
Just so People should know,you can't go to Ambulatory care no more... unless you insurance! You can't pay cash or write a check...They send you to the ER..So who the heck has that kind of money for Insurance or the ER??? I dont ...I am gonna change my name here soon to get what I need ...

Since: Jul 09

Huntersville, NC

#6 Aug 3, 2009
Selma wrote:
Bobo,
I can't find where the article stated that every absence requires a DRs note. Perhaps I missed it?
Quote from article.
'student whose unexcused class absences exceed three during a nine-week grading period wont receive credit for the course, regardless of the grade earned.'
It does not state that every absence requires a doctor's note. It only states that a student can have only 3 unexcused absences and still receive credit. That is 3 per a nine-week quarter. There are several absences codes that are in the Maury County Handbook
1. Unexcused
2. Doctor's Note (Excused)
3. Parent Note
4. Death in Family
5. Field Trip (Excused)
6. Court
There may be others, those are the ones that I can think of off the top of my head.
Bobo, what you do with your child is up to you, of course. I do not know if you have a child attending Maury County or not, but if you do, then this is not the first time that parents have been offended by the school policy.
Last year, many parents had concerns about the dress code. Some argued that it was not the school's responsibilty to tell them how to dress their child.
How about immunizations? Well-child physicals?
Bobo, you do realize that you can take your child to an after-hours clinic? More than likely, there is one where you live and most are open until 6PM and some are open later, the one in my area is open until 9PM. Heck, even Kroger has one that is open until 7PM and can handle most common complaints.
Children who have chronic illnesses can implement a 504 plan with the school system.
Selma, I'm just curious. Do you take your child to the doctor each time he or she has a cold that makes them feel bad enough to not feel like sitting in a classroom? There's not much that can be done for a cold that can't be bought over the counter.

Since: Jul 09

Huntersville, NC

#7 Aug 3, 2009
Selma wrote:
Perhaps we would like our children to learn that 'rite' is not a word.
So it is unfair for Maury County to expect students to have a note from a doctor if they are absent more than 12 days in a 180-day school year? That is far from unreasonable.
Actually, Selma, "RITE" is a word...she just didn't use it in the correct context.

One of the definitions of "rite": The prescribed or customary form for conducting a religious or other solemn ceremony: the rite of baptism.
Selma

La Vergne, TN

#8 Aug 5, 2009
If a child needs to miss 3 consecutive days because of a cold, then, yes, I would think you would need to have the child checked out.

Rite, is a word. You got me there.
Three Dog Night wrote:
<quoted text>
Selma, I'm just curious. Do you take your child to the doctor each time he or she has a cold that makes them feel bad enough to not feel like sitting in a classroom? There's not much that can be done for a cold that can't be bought over the counter.

“"Eatin' Ain't Cheatin!"”

Since: Sep 06

Thompson's Station, Tn

#9 Aug 6, 2009
This is preparation for the real World. Try missing three days of unexcused work and see what happens.

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