(x-post to Learning at School)
For various reasons that aren't relevant to this thread, my DH and I are allowing our 5 yo DD to complete kindergarten at the PS and then will homeschool her and younger DD next year.
DD is doing extremely well academically. She is not struggling with her schoolwork nor is she behind in any way. In fact, in some areas she's painfully ahead (she's been able to fill in the "Counting to 100" grid with ease since December, but her teacher still makes her do it every.stinking.day).
Last September, we went on a family vacation that resulted in DD missing 2 days of school while we went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Awesome, fun, educational trip. (FWIW, DH has NO say as to when his vacation is. He's assigned his days from the powers that be.)
Last Wednesday, we took her to the Exploratorium in SF (free admission day
). The kids had a wonderful time, learned a lot. I'm so glad we took them.
However, as a result of our 2 excursions and me being honest with the school about where we were instead of lying and saying DD was sick, my DD has officially been labeled a "truant" by the school. 3 unexcused absences or tardies = truancy.
We received a patronizing form letter from the school and have been instructed to arrange a meeting with the principal to discuss this issue face bad consequences ("Failure to discuss this problem and/or continued absences may result in a referral to the Attendance Review Board, the District Attorney, the Probation Department and/or the Human Services Agency [CPS] for action.")
BUT... they quoted California Education Code Section 48260. I found this:
"EC Section 48260 (a): Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education
or compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without a valid excuse three full days or tardy or absent more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or the superintendent of the school district."
DD is only 5. Attendance isn't compulsory
until she's 6 (next Sept.). So, I don't see how this law applies to her. Is there something I'm missing? DH and I are going to argue our case to the principal as soon as we can set up a meeting, because remember, there will be dire consequences if we don't go.
Hey, I just realized something. I'm 37 years old and a college graduate and I just got a "referral" to the principal's office.
I swear, I'm so over them thinking that they know better than I do what's appropriate for my DD.