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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Choice 2

I have a student that never attends class. Our school requires us to call home after five days are missed. I called his mother and got no answer. He is still not showing up. So I contacted the administration and his counselor and they said they would get in touch with his mother. The next day, his mother e-mailed me and said she drops him off every day, so she knows he goes to school. That was two weeks ago and he still does not come to class. I have sent her e-mails and the administration e-mails and nothing is being done. That is just one student getting by. How many more are doing the same thing and getting away with not going to class? Truancy is out of control at our school. Any suggestions on getting results from the parents?


Dr. M said...

Hi, Leonard - if the parent cannot or will not help you just have to make sure he/she knows the situation with their child and be frank with the parents that their child will fail unless they come to school and do makeup for missed days.

Your admin should also be following up on this as surely other teachers are experiencing the same thing. Truant officers should be notified, and in some systems (or is it statewide?) parents can be required to come to class if their children are not.

Make sure you document your contacts with parents so when the child fails, they will not be able to override it by saying they did not know - especially is that child is a senior! Keep on with the parental contact - in most cases it really helps.

Dallas,J said...

DOCUMENTATION. That is the biggest thing to keep. Parents are responsible for their kids. I would notify the school board if the problem persists and nothing is being done about it. When the parent get arrested for the students truency they will either withdraw or youll see them in class. I garenteeeee it. I do agree that the system has gotten very lax on enforcing policy especially with truancy. My opinion they should arrest these students and make the parents have to come to school with them after three days and not wait until five or even ten or more days when the child is failing and really nothing is being done about it. I hate that helpless feeling of nothing doing on the admin side and we have to find a way to assess these truant students and deal with parents who don't have control of their kids. Then again you cant help them all and you have to focus you attention on the students you do have and let the system take care of the rest if life doesen't do it first.