We had a problem for a while at my high school with the counselors taking
kids out for conferences during art class. They had a mandate from the
principal to interface with every student after every report card and they
decided art was the least likely to impact their academic achievement. I
complained a lot but in a constructive way. I finally got the counseling
staff and administration to agree to a rotation. Counselors had to
document which classes the kids had been taken from in their file and it
was up to the counselors to never duplicate a class the entire year.
Eventually few students were taken from my classes and the counselors
agreed to limit all appointments to five minutes. If there was something
to be discussed, they would make appointments for lunch or after school.
Always take time to stop and smell the roses... and sooner or later,
you'll inhale a bee.