The Norman Transcript

Headlines

December 7, 2012

Should early vacation count against kids?

NORMAN — Q: We have a fourth-grader and a seventh-grader. We had planned to go on vacation the week before Christmas, and because of the school calendar, our kids will miss five days of school. Both schools are saying these days will count against them and they are in danger of not receiving grades for this semester because of excessive absences.

Are we wrong in thinking this is only elementary and middle school and doesn’t really “count” toward anything?

— Sandi, Newcastle

Dear Sandi,

Yes, we believe you are wrong. Not only do students learn something every single day they are in school (even though they say they don’t), you are setting a precedence of school/education not really being important.

Habits are set early on, so when students reach the age of junior high/high school where credits count toward graduation, they still have the mindset that it’s OK to miss the allotted number of times. So much instruction is missed when kids aren’t in the classroom — for any length of time.

You didn’t say what district or how many other times this semester your children might have missed, but in any case, there also will be the possibility of semester testing and not just holiday parties. Attendance laws are made to be followed. Why is it fair for your kids to not have the days count against them when they’re on vacation but do count against a kid who might be sick and unable to afford to a doctor visit?

It’s a lot of extra work for a teacher to gather assignments early or grade them late. In most cases, the principal approves whether students can take tests early or if they’ll have to wait until everyone comes back after the break.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Coaches Luncheon Mixon question off-limits at coaches luncheon

    Toby Rowland addressed the elephant in the room even before Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel arrived Wednesday at Journey Church....

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mixon will not participate in practice

    Preseason practice begins for Oklahoma today. Freshman running back Joe Mixon will not be there. The school announced the decision Wednesday night....

    July 31, 2014

  • Nova Pettigrew Music community bands together to raise money for 2-year-old’s battle with rare form of cancer

    Two-year old Nova Pettigrew was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer six weeks ago. Her father, former Deli sound technician and musician James Pettigrew, noticed something was wrong when running turned to walking, then limping, then ...

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Deputies cleared, return to work

    Two deputies involved in a deadly shooting earlier this month are expected to return to work today after being cleared by the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office. “They (the Sheriff’s Office) gave me their investigation, I ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Sales tax-free weekend set to begin this weekend

    When stores open Friday morning, shoppers may be waiting. Oklahoma’s annual sales tax holiday is slated to run this weekend with the special exemption beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Friday and ending at midnight on Sunday....

    July 31, 2014

  • India landslide kills 21

    NEW DELHI — Rescuers worked in rain today to dig through a remote village in western India where at least 21 people died as a landslide swept away scores of houses, possibly trapping many more people under debris, officials said....

    July 31, 2014

  • Israeli strike hits UN school

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Israeli artillery shells tore through the walls of a U.N. school crowded with sleeping war refugees and back-to-back explosions rocked a market filled with shoppers Wednesday as Israel’s stepped up campaign against ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Busted water main dumps 20 million gallons of water into UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and adjacent garage

    LOS ANGELES — The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities ...

    July 31, 2014

  • GOP-led House gives go-ahead for suit

    WASHINGTON — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Just a day before ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following people were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Randall Lee Sherrill, 34, possession of juvenile pornography · Dewey Leon Kinsey, 37, possession of controlled dangerous ...

    July 31, 2014