Quick rant while it’s on my mind. Please excuse my lack of paragraph form or sentence structure. Oh, and the graphic has nothing to do with the post. It just makes me feel better. Even good ‘ole Hootie has his bad days. Anyhoo, a week or so ago I got a letter from the school about Brenna’s number of unexcused absences which totaled 5 for the entire school year. She was in danger of becoming truant under SC Nosybutt Law #227R2D2. They asked that I send in excuses for these absences by today so that they would not have to take further action, a formal “Attendance Plan” and if that didn’t work, Family Court (I checked the family tree…nope no distant Aunt District 2). I sent in a note explaining the days all the way back to October as appointments that conflicted with the 10:30 dismissal time and no other arrangements for transportation, a case of the sniffles and a family trip to NJ. Today I got another letter from the school concerning the number of “Parent Signed Notes” which was drawing dangerously close to the limit of 10. Oy. After that every absence must be physician excused. Here’s the thing. I’m not bringing my child to the doctor for every little cold or fever, paying a co-pay and making her sit through the torture of the waiting room for what needs a dose of rest, tissues and fluids. Nor am I sending her to school to be miserable, infect other children and the school to send her home anyway. You’re welcome teachers, other parents and school nurse. Just seems like there’s a lot of effort and paper being wasted on quite an insignificant thing. If she were failing, falling behind on material, disruptive, mal-adjusted, telling stories about how we didn’t bring her to school cause we were to hung-over or she was covered in mysterious bruises I might understand. And why is the word of a physician so much more trustworthy than the word of the child’s own parent?? “We the school, a third-party in the child’s life need another third-party to confirm that the primary care-giver, blood relative of a completely “normal” child is on the up ‘n up”. I find myself getting a little possessive and uppity about the whole situation. She’s mine, mine all mine and who are you to tell me what I should be doing with her?! Am I being ridiculous or does anyone else feels like schools may be overstepping their boundaries with this stuff? Sure, there are tragic families that need this kind of intervention but they’re the exception not the rule. So, why should we all have to account to an institution for our child’s whereabouts day in and day out, or have someone else vouch for us? Phewww… I feel a little better.