If you have children in school....


Does your school have a policy about excused absences? If your child's class is going on a field trip to a place you feel is unsafe for your peanut allergic child, can you keep him home from school with an excused absence??

Next week our daughter's class is going to Friendly's ice cream for a field trip. We are not allowing her to go because we just don't feel safe with Friendlys. I am picking her up early. The principal told me this is considered an early dismissal which is fine, but had I not sent her to school at all b/c of the trip it would be an unexcused absence. She would have to come to school to be placed in another classroom "with something to do."

I of course found this ridiculous and have tried to go through DOE channels but have hit a road block. I was curious how things are done in other states and districts.


On May 15, 2008

I think I would call her in sick that day saying that she does feel well. Of course she won't feel well about missing her class fun field trip so it is the truth. BTW what is the penalty for an unexcused absence?

On May 15, 2008

I would do the same....call her in sick. The other option would be for you to go with them. Why would they go to Friendly's, anyway? That's a little crazy with a PA student.

On May 15, 2008

My son is going ona field trip next week. I am going. They allowed me to come along. What do they mean un excused absence? YOur the parent you have a right to keep your child home from school ( of course you can't do that often ) but... If it is one of theonly times she has missed school I would call her in sick that day too. They can't tell you to not send her to school so they are just covering theri butts! I would let he stay home.

On May 15, 2008

I am no sure what the policy is at my sons school is, but I think in your case you could get a letter from the DRs to make it an excused absence.

When you pick her up you should go do something fun like go pick out a Webkinz, got to a movie or even go rent a movie. That way she is doing something fun while her class mates are all off on the field trip.

On May 16, 2008

I pull my kids out of school all the time for various reasons. I don't care if it's excused or not. Is there some kind of penalty for an unexcused absense? Seems they should excuse her for this reason or ****not go on such a field trip in the first place*****

If she's not safe then they should excuse her instead of making her "do something else", which singles her out more.

I would talk with the principal again. I hope it works out well.


On May 16, 2008

At my daughters school if you chose not to go on a feild trip it is considered an excused absense. I know that if missing a feild trip that was unsafe for my daughter to attend kept her from getting perfect attendence I would be upset. At our school children have an award day at the end of the school year where among other things perfect attendence is reconized. I fill like it is an accomplishment to make it thru the school year without an abscence and a child shouldnt be penalized for missing an unsafe feild trip.