February 18, 2007


Posted in My Father, Personal, rants, school at 6:08 pm by Kaylaface.

My apologies for the lack of update. I’ve missed four days of school this week. I didn’t get off my couch until Thursday night, and that was only because Pops came home and needed his bed back.

I wouldn’t mind the missing school part if it wasn’t for our stupid policy. Our school systems are all about trying to keep the attendance rate up and therefore trying to keep the failing rate low as well. However, this is my beef with the policy. They have decided that we are forbidden to miss more than six days in a a semester. You’ve got to be kidding me, right? For the middle schools, they can only miss twelve days for the whole year (which is six days a semester except they keep their classes all year around, except two which they can only miss six days in…do you follow?). When we moved here, I was in middle school and my grandmother was on her deathbead (lung cancer) so we went to see her one last time. We spend three or four school days there. The day we were to return, she died. Lovely, right? We had to spend more time there for the funeral and such. So I missed my six days in gym, which I only had for a semester. Guess what? They FAILED me until I spent a couple of hours on Saturday at school to make up my lost time. Nice right? 

Wait, it gets better. I got sick that year and missed, like, two weeks of school. That’s ten days automatically. Add that with the other days I had missed, I was screwed. So I spent quite a few Saturdays at school and that STILL wasn’t enough to get my days down. So I ended up spending time after school with the principal to make up my time. Now, my principal wasn’t a bad woman. I mean, after all, she did set it up so I wouldn’t fail. It’s not my fault my grandmother got sick nor was it my fault I needed a spinal tap and couldn’t move for two weeks. See, school is my world. I’ve got big dreams and if I would have failed, then there would have been hell to pay.

Now, onto this year. My Grandfather is pretty sick and I honestly don’t expect him to last much longer. Quite honestly, I’m suprised he’s lasted this long. Then there’s my uncle who’s got cancer as well and isn’t doing so hot either. I’m figuring I’m going to a few funerals in the near future. And since we just started our new semester, my slate’s clean…except the four days I’ve just missed due to bronchitis. There are nearly four months left of school and I’m allowed to miss two more days. God, this sucks.

 I’m stressing out because of it. We’ve been in this semester for three weeks and I’m already pretty much screwed. I get the material, I do my work, I make the grades, so I don’t get why I have to be there 85% of the time or whatever it is. I mean, I do, but then again I don’t. I know it helps for the “real world” and whatnot, but this is school. It’s not even college. And stuff happens right? I can’t help that salmonella runs around and I can’t help it’s flu season. And I can’t help who dies or when they die. Trust me, I have no problem going to school. I’m not a skipper. I’ve never skipped a day in my life (without my parents permission of course). But now I can’t even just take a day off because I sick. I can’t fail. Period.

It’s not wonder there have been cases of school closing because not enough kids are going to school. One of the schools in my district had to close down because there weren’t enough kids there. It’s crazy. They tell us we can’t miss so many days, so we go when we feel like poo. Our brains aren’t functioning properly and we’re just spreading our diseases, making things worse. How nice is that? I’m not saying kids should stay home at the first sign of a belly ache, but when someone’s got a nasty cold or the flu or bronchitis, why should we have to worry about FAILING our classes? Especilly if we’re some of the brightest kids around? I know every school has their bad seeds and all, but seriously. As long as we get the right material, isn’t that what matters? If we don’t get it, most teachers offer after school tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or even every day of the week (except Wednesday because they have staff meetings then). If kids don’t feel like getting one-on-one time to get what they need, that’s their fault. Not mine. My geometry teacher stays after school until like five every single day just to help her students. That’s a great teacher right there. She hates her staff meetings BECAUSE it takes away from her tutoring time.

Well, I have make up work that I don’t feel like doing that needs to be done. As well as some cleaning. I really want to go to the park for some fresh air. If only we had one in walking distance…

I’d like to thank my wonderful Daddy for my pretty flowers he bought me for Valentine’s Day. Even if they are a few days late 😉




  1. Lou FCD said,

    A couple of things:

    You are very welcome for your flowers, and I’m sorry they were late this year, and I’m sorry they weren’t roses like usual.

    Don’t worry yourself too much about the school thing. Your brother is keeping my “Throw A Hissy At School” skills quite sharp.

    It won’t be an issue.


  2. It’s fine. They’re still beautiful.

    haha. At least I know he’s good for something.

    Thanks. 🙂


  3. Martyne said,

    Are you sure you are signed up for a school , and not a boot camp? I used to be a teacher and we never bothered about all that attendace bullshit. If you learned the stuff and got the grades, that was what mattered. You have no control over what happens to your family, or even your own health to a great extent. The educational system should not “punish” you for such things. I am totally with you on this one.

  4. See?!? My point exactly. I suppose that if we’re there in our seats 85% of the class, then they know we’re not out doing drugs or what-not. But I think the ones who are out doing drugs and what-not, are the ones who are suffering in their academics. I mean, I have a 3.5 GPA. Or at least that’s what it was back in the winter. I think someone with a GPA of 3.5 doesn’t really need to be there 85% of the time because it’s quite obvious that person is doing what they need to be doing. They don’t have to force me to go; I’m willing. I’ve got a dream of getting a Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania. That’s Ivy League, man!! I don’t think I’m going to screw myself by skipping school. If I’m out, I have a legitimate excuse.

    Stupid state laws.

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