Christmas party was reserved for children with 100% attendance records
A schoolboy was refused the right to attend an end-of-term disco because he missed some classes after his dad died. Five-year-old Sean Watson and his sister Claire, 7, weren’t allowed to go to the Christmas party because it was reserved for pupils with 100% attendance records. Mum Samantha said they were forced to take time off school after their dad Michael died from throat cancer last month. “I don’t see why they should be punished for taking just a few days off when he died. I phoned the school and tried to explain, but the woman said bereavements count.”A statement from Ryecroft primary school in Bradford said the children shouldn’t have been barred and apologised for the mistake.
I think it's ridiculous that primary school children are put under pressure to have 100% attendance.This child had a good reason to be absent,as do most children who are off school.Yes school's important but if you've a good reason your child should not be penalised.
Our older children's primary school has certificates and awards for attendance,the first thing you see when you walk into the school is an attendance chart,class by class.That's how important it is,one of the rerasons my younger children go to a different school.
Children get bugs,they get ill,they miss school.If your child is ill they should be at home.Instead far too often they sit in class feeling rotten,sharing their illness with their class mates,who bring it home to their families.Children get ill,it's part of growing up.Being at school,however your health is not some great achievement.Certainly not warranting some special reward.
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