Is your place big enough to apply for the Family Medical Leave Act? I believe you have to apply yearly and you get quite a bit of time off, unpaid to take care of a child. I would say those are reasons you listed. If they don't consider the school meeting applicable, if you also have doctor's appointments on those days, it would be legit. I would make appointments around you job if at all possible including using the phone on your lunch break. The school has speaker phones, I am sure and this would limit your time out of work. Do you have a HR dept.? If so, inquire about the medical leave and also about grievance procedures for something like this.
at 2:15 PM on Jul. 8, 2008