Awards day at our elementary school has me IRRITATED!
So the short of it is my 8 year old made all A's for the first 9 weeks and they have a short program to recognize the progress of the students for each 9 weeks. What I didn't expect was how much focus they kept putting on PERFECT ATTENDANCE. I am all for sending my kids to school every day that I can but here's the thing. We don't have perfect immune systems in our house. Genetics do play a factor in your immune system and when a kid is sick and SHOULD NOT go to school they shouldn't be penalized for it. If you follow that line of thinking that's like saying, "Congrats, you are tall." They also made it seem like the kids who were getting all A's were the ones who were getting perfect attendance. My baby worked hard for her all A's and I am proud of that. (Math has been a struggle.) The principal stopped the awards day in the middle to make a big speech about perfect attendance and they give out awards for this too.
My biggest complaint for making such a big deal of perfect attendance is for the ignorant people who send their kids to school sick just so they make perfect attendance, or for reasons of job, etc... If they are sick the school will have to call you and make you come get them anyway but in the mean-time you are infecting other childen! I have a child with health issues that could end up in the hospital or worse due to a virus, so in my humble opinion it is NOT right to preach perfect attendance if it could mean the health of other students. I personally do not know any parents who don't send their kids to school on a regular school day just for giggles.
Okay... I have got that out of my system, but what are your thoughts?
PS. I am so for perfect attendance if you can, and my kids go every day they are healthy.