April 13, 2007
To the Parent/Guardian of: C.B.
We at Irvington Middle School routinely monitor attendance to insure our reports are accurate and to prevent any patterns of absenteeism from developing. A review of our records indicates that your child has been absent a total of 17 days to date. Please confirm that you are aware of, and are in agreement with, this figure by signing and returning this letter to the main office within five days of receiving it.
If you believe an error has been made or there are extenuating circumstances that need to be brought to our attention, please contact our attendance office so this information can be documented. Likewise, if your child suffers from a medical condition that will cause him to miss school on a regular basis, kindly submit a signed statement from his physician on official letterhead verifying that fact.
Thank you for your support.
Thank you for your support?
What happened to thank you for your ongoing cooperation and support?
As it happens, I do think C. "suffers from a medical condition that will cause him to miss school on a regular basis" (and thank you for asking!)
I have discussed it with the school nurse on several occasions, last year as well as this.
C. is acutely vulnerable to viral infections. What is a 3-day absence for other children is routinely a 2-week absence for him, punctuated by days when we send him back to school and the nurse calls us an hour later to come pick him up again.
This fact is in the records.
They could look it up.
update, from Ben Calvin
Schools are much more vigilant to attendance now that much funding is tied to the number of pupils in school each day.
My neighbor's public elementary schools stopped sending home kids with head lice, claiming that "new research" proved that it was not really very contagious.
Surprisingly they had to reinstate the rule after four or five epidemics of head lice swept the school.
thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation
thank you for your cooperation and support in this endeavor
today's form letter from the school