Anyone work in schools
where there are "policies", yet when it comes down to it, they don;t get enforced?
I am in a charter school and it really emphasizes time and attendance. Three tardies become an unexcused absence. Seven absences you get a letter home, 15 total in a school year and the child is supposed to be seriously considered for retention if the child is behind.
We started classes on 8/10. One of our "policies" is that it is MANDATORY that every student be present for the first three weeks of school. There are two reasons they say. The first is that our students are given priority in the lottery (our admission is by lottery) if they have a sibling currently attending. It is to prevent students from getting admitted but then in the Fall, their sibling has already moved to a new school so technically there is no sibling there anymore. It is also to make sure families are committed to the rigorous academics of our school. We start three weeks earlier than the other district schools, and we also have a much longer school day (7:45-4:15 vs. 8:00-2). They say the student will lose their spot if they do not abide by this policy.
There are already about 30 students (out of 366) who have not been back from last year yet. A handful came the first couple days but now are out. Obviously kids who are legit sick are excused, but these are families who are, for example in their home countries for the Summer and say they "had no idea" school started so early, etc. This is my third year here and not one single student has lost their spot. Only two students have been retained a grade level due to missing so many days of school.
I guess I am just wondering why bother making policies?!