By Haley Brezina
Screencap of a student’s attendance tendencies. Photo Credit: Haley Brezina
Missing a single day of school may not seem bad- but too many, coming back to school after missing a day or two is like waking up from a 5 year coma.
Suddenly, you have two more assignments per class, an essay, a missed lab, and the list goes on. Some AP students can’t even afford to miss a day if they don’t do their work while laying in bed sick.
Missing a day at school affects a lot more than the school work you’re missing. Every single day you missed, unexcused or not, is immediately recorded in student transcripts. Mrs. Salena Fritz monitors the paperwork that determines whether we have our credits to graduate. As Fritz states, “My job description is huge. I see everyone to graduation and getting diplomas regarding credits”. As you may know, you must attend a certain number of days in order to receive credit for a class.
Failure to receive a credit altogether by graduation prevents you from finishing high school. “A student can’t even be a .25 credit short,” Fritz says, “they don’t graduate and have to come back the year after.”
With this in mind, it means that you can’t miss a quarter worth of school without losing ability to graduate. Just lacking .25 of a credit can prevent you from getting your high school diploma. This means if a student has a severe accident or sickness, they’re definitely going to have to audit a class.
When you miss a certain numbers of days, you are deemed incapable of receiving the credit. Rhane McMahon, a sophomore, is on audit. Following a car accident, McMahon says the school refused to accept her doctors notes. “I have a job that is currently supporting me. Going to Saturday school or after school detention takes up time I could be using for work,” McMahon goes on, “[Audit] piles on stress where I don’t need it. My grades are fine”.
McMahon’s doctor’s notes were not accepted because they allegedly weren’t specific enough, which rendered her unable to excuse her missed days.
If someone has an accident, in Rhane’s case, a vehicular one, students have added stress of all the school they missed.
Mr. Ray, a former principal and our schools current sophomore counselor, has an opposing view on the topic. “Teenagers don’t take things like this seriously,” Mr. Ray explains how they don’t have to send kids to audit. “In a way, we are giving them a break by letting them make up the missed credit”. To earn a credit, you need a certain amount of chair time.
Audit does go on your permanent record in your transcripts. Also, Mr. Ray notes that only about 5% of kids may be put on audit.
Regardless, you should think twice before you stay home out of apathy.