2. I never yelled. I do not yell or have never yelled at you, your child, or any other child. I do not raise my voice
3. I have spoken to your child about this only in the presence of other adults and I am sure they will vouch that I have said nothing negative or "yelled".
4. I only spoke to your child after you and I talked on the phone and you said your daughter would know the teacher that she gave this information to because you did not know who it was.
5. AHS policy states we need to know about "vacation" days in advance so that we can get them excused.
To be honest I went against this policy when just yesterday I told one of your daughter's teachers, the only one that has approached me about this matter, that she could go ahead and grade your child's work as if the absence were excused. In essence I broke our own rules in order to give you the benefit of the doubt in this situation. If I were to stick to the letter of our policy all of the days your child missed, with the exception of the one with a doctor's note, would be unexcused and the daily work for those classes would be zeros.
To further add to the confusion you reference a phone conversation that you and I had recently. That conversation was not a conflict it was simply me looking for information so that we could get to the bottom of this situation. You reference my "decision" to not approve these days but I did approve them by allowing her work to be made up. I feel that you are attacking me when I have actually gone above and beyond to give you all the benefit of the doubt in allowing for work to be made up.
To be honest I am a quite taken back at where all of this is coming from as I have had a total of two conversations with either you or your daughter about this situation and I have allowed her to make up the work from the one teacher that I have received a question about this from.
To sum up:
1. According to AHS policy the days will remained unexcused
2. To the benefit of your daughter I allowed makeup to the work she missed. I have only been asked about this by one teacher and that was my response to that teacher yesterday.
Bob W. Dych
Apollo High School
Okay, you can request that the unexcused absences be removed from her record. If the principal is not cooperating, you can voice your request to the superintendent or the school board. There is entitlement to due process to challenge a school for decisions that adversely effect a student, but if your daughter has not actually had or grades affected, and her teachers are not doing anything differently, I wouldn't worry too much about it (I used to be a teacher before I became an attorney). It seems like in this case while the absence is going to remain "unexcused" your daughter's grades will be unaffected. It does not seem in this case there is any grounds for a lawsuit.
If you still want to get the unexcused absences off the record, consider make an appointment with the superintendent and discuss the problem with them.
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