I dutifully write a note for her explaining how it is ALL my fault so she should be excused. I assure her she won't get detention as this is such a small infraction, AND she has said note, everything will be fine.
Daughter: "I got detention mom!"
Me: "Excuse me, WHAT??!!"
Yes, that's right folks, for a first offense with a note she got 30 minutes detention! This is school policy!! She wasn't even 5 minutes late!!! I so hate this school.
I had a chat with the VP and was told that this is a district wide policy and the school has to enforce it; so I contacted the Foster Youth Person at the County Board of Education to verify this. I was referred to the Child Welfare and Attendance Office where I was informed that no, it is not a district wide policy to assign detention for the first tardy, each school determines their own course of action for infractions of the district rules.
The silly VP also informed me that car trouble is NOT a valid excuse. Only funerals, doctor/dental appointments or actual illness are valid excuses. Alrighty then, the next time I am late getting up, I will simply keep my daughter home all day and the school won't get any moneies for her for that day. Man, if we could afford it I would so put her in private school.
Enough ranting. Before I go to bed I must email the principal of the school to appeal the detention and to inform them that if my daughter has to serve detention for something that was beyond her control and is my fault, I will be right there with her serving detention Monday afternoon.
Update [2007-12-1 3:47:38 by Mrs FlightTest]:
Everything got ironed out and I even got it in writing!
Hello Mrs. FlightTest,It was so nice to pick up my daughter from school today and inform her that she doesn't have to serve detention on Monday after all.
This is a follow up response to our morning conversation. I am granting your appeal to remove the detention and unexcused tardy from your daughter's attendance record. As you are aware, our attendance policy which is compliant to the State Education Code does not excuse “oversleeping” as an excused absence or tardy. Since you indicated that the “oversleeping” incident did not involve the student and was the fault of the parent, I have decided to excuse the period 1 tardy as personal. As per our discussion, any future incidents of oversleeping will be assigned a detention and the student will be issued a detention. If you have questions regarding school policies in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Dr. Dumass, Principal
Gestapo High School
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