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> Hi Vicki,
> 1) Art is a REQUIRED subject here in Arizona... is it in MO? If it is,
> just make it clear that it is as important as reading, math, etc., and
> students are expected to be there unless prior arrangements are made.
> Our school is supportive of this. If a teacher is holding kids back for
> one reason or another, and it happens more than once, I let the
> principal know. She puts a Reminder in the bulletin that the special
> classes are required and all students must be there on time. That
> usually does the trick.
> 2) Sometimes flexibility is needed. Perhaps the class could come during
> a prep time instead? I do that when I have to miss an afternoon and
> prefer to avoid the hassle of a substitute. Teachers see that I am
> professional about letting them know ahead of time, and they usually let
> me know too. In the hustle and bustle and minutia of planning a field
> trip, it is easy to forget something. Our principal does post when a
> class will be on a field trip in the daily bulletin. I really appreciate
> Hope these thoughts help.
> Christine Merriam
> Kayenta Intermediate School
Vicki Bean Gideon School Dist.
Art K-12 P.O. Box 227
Email: vbean.gideon.k12.mo.us Gideon, Missouri 63848