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diddles
diddles asks:
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can you get held back for missing too many days of school?

In Topics: School and Academics, Motivation and achievement at school
> 60 days ago

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RoxanneR
Jan 20, 2011
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I'm unsure of your general situation and why so much school has been missed that there is concern over being held back.  While there may be valid reasons why so much school has been missed, it's important not to look at the rule so much as what it will mean to progress ahead without the appropriate skills and concepts in place.

Every school board or area likely has a set of rules for holding students back.  Where I live, the public school board has a mandate whereby they won't hold students back anymore, even for missing too much school or for achieving failing grades (up to the high school level where this then changes).  The general opinion is that it damages a student's ego.  However, I'm hearing from many parents that the ego may not be damaged in the earlier grades, but it certainly is affected in later grades when a student can't keep up to his/her peers and gets left behind academically, never able to catch up.

I meet with families and students on a regular basis in my job as an education consultant.  I've seen report cards and IPPs (Individual Program Plans) for students which reported unusually high numbers of absences, but the student was still pushed through the system.  The end result was that the students missed out on so many of the core concepts because of the absences, that he/she was never able to catch up and realize their full potential within the classroom.  These students always felt left behind and for lack of a better word, dumb. Learning anything requires that you first build a foundation or base so that you can continually add upon and strengthen your skills.  The sad reality is that children who had missed out on too much were rarely able to catch up without extensive outside help if at all.  Hoping that a child will eventually 'get it' when they do get into a classroom is unrealistic.  

Put yourself into a situation whereby you felt like the concepts or topic was 'above' you.  Do you remember feeling overwhelmed?  Do you remember thinking that this was so outside your realm of abilities that you'd never be able to get it?  This is how a student feels when too much important information has been missed.  It's a shame to close doors so early when perhaps an extra year and some additional time with core subjects can make all the difference.

As I stated previously, I don't know your situation or why you're asking this question.  It would be important to contact your school board to find out their stance on the subject.  It is also important to consider what all these absences have meant for the student.  Talk to the teachers and anyone involved in this student's life to determine the best route for the student.

Good luck with everything!

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Karenmom
Karenmom writes:
I'm not sure about all counties or states, but yes, where I live you can.  You are only allowed to miss a set amount of days each school year (I think it's 15) and a set amount of tardies.  2 tardies equal an absence.  If you have an excused reason for missing too many days, example: car wreck, surgery, illness, you may appeal and if the curriculum criteria was met along with the teacher's approval or representation, you may still be promoted.  To be certain of what your school district requires, check a school handbook or look online for information pertaining to your individual situation.
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canpanita
canpanita writes:
you are only able to miss 20 days a year or 10 days a semester.
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Tyms
Tyms , Teacher, Parent writes:
Oh sure you can. Todays schools are not interested in "education" as much as they are interested in Money. Our school in Seminole Oklahoma is a fine example of this. A young lady who makes good grades (A,Bs) had a bad habit of missing school. A lot because of sickness but mostley for boredom. The policy is, miss 10 unexcused days and you flunk for the semester regardles of grades in the class. They lose too much goverment money. If you are a minority such as a tribe, arrangements can be made. Our school has a alternate education system where they can count the kids present regardless if they are there or not. They use to have night school in the high school actually taught by a teacher. Now they have an online computer course with out a full time teacher. The computer course is not the same as what they teach in class... it's harder! The kids flounder. It is obvious the kids are not expected to make it through. When some do, all they recieve is a diploma in the office. They remove their Senior picture from the hall and are not allowed to walk with the rest of the class during graduation.  WHY? Does anyone know? Are they ashamed? Is it punishment?  Tyms
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Joski
Joski writes:
Yes, if they are "unexcused" absences.  If you are out of school for more than 3 consecutive days because of illness, then you must provide a doctor's excuse.  Most schools will not let you make any of assignments up if they do not have excuses for absences.  Therefore, missing too many days can cause you to miss too many assignments.
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123456gdog
123456gdog writes:
Matter of fact you can get held back of you miss over the amount of days you missed because for every kid at school the government gives the school money it it's like $200 for every single student and plus you are missing important stuff to learn we can't miss more then 18 days of school or we get held back.
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