Here’s an example. I just got 18 attendance for credit sheets. The rules are as follows:
1-8 days absent = 5 hours
9-15 days absent = 10 hours
16-19 days absent = 20 hours
20 days absent = 25 hours
21 and over = no credit without an approved appeal
Sounds reasonable right? Here’s my problem: all 18 are only required to serve 5 hours. Let me give you a little snapshot of some of these kids.
Student 1: 7 absences – 5 hours. No problems there.
Student 2: 15 absences –5 hours. A little high, but the kid had an emergency. I understand.
Student 3: 29 absences, 137 on the year – 5 hours. WHAT?!
Student 4: 24 absences, 311 on the year – 5 hours. DOUBLE WHAT!?!?
Student 5: 18 absences, 189 on the year – 5 hours. Getting the picture?
I’m not a data guy here, but how do we expect our kids to have accountability or do anything when we bend and break the rules to make ourselves look better? Maybe if it was with them in mind, the disregard of self-imposed policy would be forgivable, but it’s not even for their benefit. Really gets me down as a teacher.