"Oh shoot," I said as I drove my son Tommy back to school. "I forgot to ask for an excuse note." I shrugged. "Well, I'm the parent and I'll walk you in so it should be okay."
Tommy had his ADHD checkup. Since he takes ADHD meds, he has to be seen every few months to make sure he's growing properly since the medication can stunt growth. So far, it hasn't impacted him. And please do not lecture me on medication. I already wrote a post about why I don't feel guilty.
Anyhow, since Tommy had an appointment, he missed his first three classes at school. While we waited for his appointment, I took him to McDonalds, because yum. I love McGriddles, hot cakes, and hash browns. I could eat McDonalds for a week straight and be happy, but don't worry, I won't, because I need to fit into my pants.
I completely forgot to ask for an excuse note. Since Tommy is seen on base, sometimes they don't always ask if you need one and my caffeine hadn't kicked in yet, so I didn't think to ask until AFTER we were on our way back.
I ended up walking Tommy to the school office, signed him in, and the attendance lady was like, "I need a doctor's note."
I answered, "Oh, it's okay, I'm his mother and I took him to the doctor. It's where he was." I beamed.
The attendance lady was unimpressed. "We need a doctor's note or it's unexcused."
I completely get that there are parents who lie for their kids. If they slept in, they'll be all, "Oh, they were at the doctor, haha!" If perhaps they skipped class, to save face, a parent might be all, "Er...he was getting his braces tightened of course!"
But this was Tommy's FIRST ABSENCE. If they took the time to look him up, they'd see that he hasn't missed class once this year.
"Well. I can see if I can get a note, but it's an on base doctor and the chance of getting them on the phone is like 1%," I explained.
The attendance lady sighed and pushed over a blank piece of paper. "Write down where he was on this. Maybe we'll accept it but we really need a doctor's note."
I really think schools should allow at least THREE parent excuses. No note. I mean, what happens if Tommy is home sick? I don't always take the kids to the doctor. If it's a fever, it's common sense what should be done. I'm not wasting my time to take them to a doctor to be told rest and fluids. It just won't happen. Suppose Tommy misses a few days though? Am I not allowed to call and say he was home?
We were in Oklahoma last year and those rules were different. A parent could simply call in and explain why their children were absent, but schools in Texas don't mess around.
I filled out the paper basically stating that my son was at the doctor. I even left the phone number of the doctor, but again, the odds of someone actually speaking to a human being is slim to none. I don't know if it will be an excused or unexcused absence.
Is your school super strict about having a doctor's note?