>Our district adopted an "opt out" policy for finals 3 years ago. 3 absences
>and an "A", 2 absences and a "B", and 1 absence with a "C", with parental
>consent, and the student doesn't have to take finals, nor do they even have
>to come to school. Students are now maintaining their grades and watching
>their absences, since they love getting out early! Last spring, we had 12
>students in the building during finals! Our state assessment scores have
>steadely (SP?) risen each year since we began!
>----- Original Message -----
>To: <fromkinr>; <THEGREEN99>
>Sent: Tuesday, October 19, 1999 7:41 PM
>Subject: Re: 2-point perspective
>> Sounds as if someone else has problems with suspensions and absences.
>> the sixth week of classes and already I have students with nine and ten
>> absences. They don't care and neither do the parents. Our absence policy
>> joke. Up to 30 absences if they have "medical reasons". Don't you get
>> over continuity problems? And then they come in and get in your face and
>> "What did we do when I was out?"
>> I'm afraid I am not usually very nice to some of the darlings. My
>> reply is "Why, sweetie, we just sat and waited until you came back."
>> tell them to wait until the rest of the class is doing what I assigned
>> I can catch them up, I will.