The absentee rule that has been applied to the school district by Leon County is questionable. It is understood that this rule is in effect however not accepted by some if not many, which the policy recognizes. Even the conference that can be held to appeal a failing grade may also bring forth difficulty for the parent. Through Leon county’s policy students can be suppressed from progressing in there education, which in turns jeopardizes there future as an model citizen in society. A survey of five students and five parents brought forth concerning thoughts for students that apply to the policy.
A mother of two that was first surveyed felt the policy was appropriate. She argued that the policy is in place to demonstrate future situations, particularly at jobs and the real world. She believed strongly that any student that is absent for that amount of time with no excuse should be giving a failing grade. She went on to say “Not only is the policy a good idea but it is a perfect example of what students should realize as a rule which to abide by.” The second of the surveyed a single parent had an interesting view of the policy. She felt that there are certain circumstances where a student may miss a certain amount of class due to home situations. However she agreed that any student that places themselves in a situation where they risk a passing grade should get what the school district mandates. She identified her daughter as one that disliked attending school but graduated in the top ten of her class as an example of what a student can do to surpass the discomforting days of school. A father of two was the next on the surveyed list. He felt that students with the ability to attend class whenever they want and still able to pass tests are exceptional. However the school district brought forth a rule and should be followed, because it is a rule. He also said, “If your able to pass all the tests, what harm will arrive from going to class and soaking up a few more lectures.” He concluded by addressing the young population in a whole as lazy and careless. The father of three as the fourth parent surveyed acknowledge that he has not had that much of a problem with the policy. However felt that if children do not want to attend school then let them fail. He agreed that it is the school districts policy and is a critical lesson to be learned. “The policy is in effect to show students that not abiding by rules can have serious consequences” noted by the father of three. The last parent surveyed was another mother of two. She remembered certain situation when her children were unable to attend school for one or more reasons, although she found ways to engage her children in the school work if any way possible. She insisted that the policy is necessary for students to realize that there are consequences to violating the rule.
The student aspect of the policy was as intriguing as the parents. A female sophomore felt that the rule was uncalled for. She thought that students that did not attend school would fail regardless so there should not be a policy in place from the school district. Another student in his third year wondered why Leon County was the only one where this rule was in effect. He argued that some classes were not challenging enough and if he was able to pass the tests without attending every day than why not. He agreed with the sophomore by saying, “students that are paying for class and not attending are plain stupid, but its there money so, so be it.” A junior felt this policy was a good idea because he stated that students should have no reason for not attending class. As a junior, he expressed his concern by saying” that attending class is extremely helpful and most of the times essential for a passing grade in the class.” A male freshman was neither upset nor happy about the rule but approached the policy by saying “He does not see the policy being applied to him”. He felt that students should attend classes on a regular basis and those who do not will receive a failing grade because “college is not like any other schooling and to pass these classes, regular attendance is a must.” The last surveyed a female junior thought the rule was a bit childish. She admitted to attending classes only at test days or reviews and believed that the policy should not be applied. Her basis behind her view is she’s paying for the class and as long as she’s passing then why should she be on the guidelines of the school district’s policy.
Through the results received from those surveyed one can identify that the Leon County school district policy is strict but fair. Many parents an students agreed that those student with so many unexcused absences would fail regardless however the policy in facts helps to students by not only enforcing a serious consequences but also providing a rule which must be followed. I would recommend that the policy be kept in place because of all the beneficial lessons it has to offer.
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