I’ve never been efficient in describing complex problems, so this might seem rambling. Please try and stay with me. This is the situation:
A student is allowed to miss a maximum of eight unexcused days; they are allowed to miss an unlimited amount of days if they have a proper excuse, which would include a medical note signed by the doctor. If they miss over eight days, they must go to the schoolboard and explain why they have missed so many days. Rumour has it that the schoolboard will allow it the first time and disallow it the second; unfortunately, not many people can tell me if this is true. They will withhold a diploma if the student doesn’t make a very strong case the second time around.
I have already went before the board once. I have to go again.
I’ve only missed a day over the limit in most of my classes, with the only exceptions being in the later periods in which I’ve missed two over; however, as I’ll explain later, this may not be the case. The first time I met with the schoolboard, it was because I was often sick and couldn’t afford the hundreds of dollars in doctor’s bills just to get a check-up and receive an excuse. So they stated that any absences I had which could be explained by sickness, I could merely call in and I wouldn’t need the aforementioned note. So…
I know that the school secretary didn’t mark all of times I’ve called in as an excused absence, but I have no way to prove this to the schoolboard; I marked a few of the more serious cases on a calendar, but I’m uncertain if this would hold up as proper evidence for her mismanagement. However, she has also lost several of my doctor’s notes before and I’ve had to call in and have the secretary write another for me.
My class has recently had their Senior Trip, in which they take the cache of money they have saved over their highschool education and takes a vacation. The schoolboard does not count this as an unexcused absence. They count it as an “educational field trip”. This year the Senior class went on a cruise, and I was unable to attend because I got sea-sick very easily and I’m highly hydrophobic. I had to return to class and endure the eight hours of boredom while my fellow classmates were out getting smashed and partying on the cruise ship. The superintendent of the school believes the schoolboard may count these days as make-up for the “unexcused” absences, but she isn’t sure.
I was supposed to meet with the schoolboard yesterday, but due to prior arrangements I was unable to find a ride (I live several miles away from the school) so I could attend the meeting. I told the superintendent of my problem before the meeting, and she explained that I could meet with them on June 8th if I couldn’t make it. Apparently, she had only the slightest clue of this discussion and accidentally told the schoolboard that I would be at yesterday’s meeting. Because I wasn’t able to go, I fear the board may believe that I don’t care enough to discuss the withholding of my diploma and will refuse to pass me.
Does anyone know ofanything I could do to remedy this situation? I have only a limited window of opportunity to take summer classes if it boils down to that, so that is out of the question.