Dad Pens Facebook Post To Explain Why School Attendance Rules Don’t Apply To His Kids
The response goes on. And on. And on. It details everything they did on their trip and everything they got out of it that they couldn’t possibly learn in school and how the kids are actually ahead of the game now from learning so much.
In addition our children walked the Freedom Trail, visited the site of the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre and the graves of several signers of the Declaration of Independence. These are things they WILL learn in school a year or more from now. So in actuality our children are ahead of the game.
They also visited an aquarium, sampled great cuisine and spent many hours of physical activity walking and swimming.
According to Yahoo Parenting, Rossi said his intent wasn’t to shame the principal, but to express his anger at district policy because it doesn’t make any sense. After all, his marathon was super special and that means his kids are exempt from rules that apply to everyone else in the district.
Here’s the thing: absence policies aren’t a secret. They’re in the handbook. They’re on the website. And the principal is required to let you know when you’re in violation of the district-stated policy. It’s not personal. It’s not, as Yahoo wrote, shaming you. It doesn’t require a multi-paragraph response on Facebook outlining your exemplary parenting in excruciating detail.
This could have been brought to the attention of the principal privately, or even taken to a school board meeting or to the superintendent if he cares that much about changing district policy. Instead, he plastered it on social media with the principal’s name attached and he needlessly made an example of them when they were just doing their job. I’m sure running a school is difficult enough without having to take abuse from internet strangers because parents can’t tell the difference between an FYI and a personal attack.