My daughter has a dentist appointment in the morning. Big news, eh? But there is a point to this.
I went to excuse her from school via the automated attendance phone system. This is my first time doing it since she's a kindergartner. The first thing I found is that I can't excuse her till the day of the absence. So much for being proactive. It won't even let you call in the day before. Okay, so I'll just have to remind myself to do it tomorrow. One more thing to keep track of in my muddled brain, but that's fine.
The second thing I found is that if you don't give a reason for your kid being absent, the absence won't be excused. I guess I can understand that to some extent, otherwise a few parents would just be calling in their kids all the time for nothing. But then again, it kind of rubs me the wrong way. She's my kid, it's my time, period, I'm taking her out of school for an hour and a half. End of story. They don't need to know why.
This is America, the land of the free. There's this thing called privacy. People have rights. We raise our kids the way we see fit. She'll make up the work. She's doing great in school; she hasn't missed a day yet. She's going to the dentist, but why does the school need to know that. What difference would it make if I were taking her to see Santa Claus or to visit her grandmother at the assisted living center?
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