Undocumented absenses

To the Editor:

In School District 155, a high school student is allowed six “undocumented absenses.” Sounds weird, right?

I’ve called in to the attendance line every time my son has been ill and missed school. Those are “undocumented,” meaning no note from a doctor.

I’m a registered nurse who is employed as a stay-at-home mom right now. I am also the mother of four. I am completely capable of determining when my kid is sick, when he needs to see a doctor, and when I just need to give him Ibuprofen and chicken noodle soup.

Why do schools have so little respect for parents? Really, are they assuming I’ll call in just because my son would like a day off from school? I have kids who have great immune systems, and one kid who seems to catch every cold that goes through the school. And then the whole family gets the cold.

But I am a person of integrity. I’m a Christian, so it would be against everything I believe in to call the school and lie about the reason for my son’s absence. I think school administrators get so caught up in mistrusting kids and telling them how it’s gonna be that they just continue that on with parents.

I’m an adult with a college degree, married to my one and only husband for 34 years, and he’s got a college degree. We are upstanding citizens who fulfill all our obligations, and take good care of our kids. So could we be treated like grown-ups?

Cindy Deain

Crystal Lake

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