Yep. We got the letter in the mail today. There are some papers for me to sign that I'm not too keen on signing. The wording says I've read & understand, but really I don't. DS is actually considered "habitually truant" now. So here's what happened.
1. He has a bunch of unexcused tardies where he was 1 minute late. I'm assuming he was 1 minute late walking in class, not sure. We did go through 3 weeks or so where we were getting to school within 4-5 minutes of the morning bell. Because staff members get the kids out of the car, I always assumed (yeah, I know...) that if they were still getting the kids out of the car that he was fine. I didn't realize that he wasn't getting to his classroom on time. His room is the farthest one from the drop-off point, so really if he had a closer class, he wouldn't have been late. FWIW, we have been making an effort to get to school earlier, but February is a difficult month for me. (I have bipolar disorder, and I'm usually not well in February.) Still he hit the "truant because of tardies" point in mid-February, but they never notified us then. I didn't realize until we got his report card 2 weeks ago that he'd been counted tardy repeatedly.
2. My dad is terminally ill. He lives 700 miles from us. We've visited twice - once the first week of February and then Mar 31-Apr 8. (He only missed 2 days. The other week was his spring break.) I was told by my family there that he was dying both times (and actually one doctor who released him from hospice said he wasn't sure he'd even live through the ambulance ride home). So...I talked to DS' teacher (by email). She said that it wasn't a problem (in Feb), so we took him out for 1 1/2 days to go down, and I wrote a note. Then when the whole hospice issue happened 2 weeks ago, DH called the school and talked to them because we know that we will have to take him out again for the funeral. We weren't sure what to do. The school secretary said that it was not a problem and just to write a note explaining the situation.
So today we get this letter with those dates all marked "parent note, unexcused." Now they're saying that a doctor's note is the only thing that will be accepted for any tardies or absences from here on out. Seriously!?! After TWO employees told us that the absences were fine??? I'm annoyed about the tardies, but okay, yeah, we need to get there earlier. I'm really ticked off about the absences, though, because 1) they said to to take him! and 2) he will have to miss for the funeral, which I feel is inevitable before the end of school.
Should I include a note with the form they sent? Will anyone care? I'm not sure what happens when you're notified of truancy and then miss school or are tardy again.