Apparently, the state of CA thinks they own my child.
So, we recieved a letter in the mail from my son's school stating that he had 3 unexcused absenses and that if we didn't force him to go to school, we could incur fines and the DA may decide to not allow him to get a licence until the age of 22 (amung other possible "consequences"). My son is 7 and in the first grade.
So, I called the school and it turns out they counted two tardies as unexcused absenses and one day that we took a long weekend family trip.
The consequences seem a bit extreme for a couple of tardies and a family day! I know it's all mandated by the state since attendance is connected to funding... but it's like they think they own my child!
How does everyone else feel about mandated attendance? Do you think your state is too strict, too lenient, etc...? Do you think parents should be able to take their child out for (limited) family trips and "mental health days" so long as it doesn't effect the child's education without threat of fines?