- Jun 26, 2010
Well, of course parents now can say "Please excuse Johnny from class on Friday, because of family commitments." Don't go into detail about Disney, or "educational" trips, or Aunt Mary's funeral. But, under your policy, let's say the football team has a one day trip in August, the band three days in December, and the baseball team a week in February. Would that mean all students get 9 excused absences (1 + 3 + 5)? Should other students be required to put in the extra work (practices, meetings, whatever) that the teams/clubs put in? No, I'm not saying the practices/meetings are educational (like a school day), but you can't deny that these groups are generally putting in more than the 8a-3p school day "normal" students do.One possible solution is to allow EVERY student a set amount of excused absence time outside of sick days. For example, if it's known that the school permits excused absences for clubs/extra curricular/sports teams to take a one-week/two-day/etc trip per school year, that same amount of time should be available for any student in that school even if they are not a member of the club. It could work similar to companies who provide vacation time to employees but also have periods of total-company shutdown. I specifically mention "outside of sick days" because it is assumed that the students who DO participate in those trips are also allowed the same number of excused absences as other students ON TOP of the sanctioned trip.