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Excused absence denied for dad's job deployment to Iraq

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The Pierce family hopes the Shelby County School system will change a policy on excused absences to allow their son to miss school to see his daughter prior to deployments to Iraq. The Pierce family hopes the Shelby County School system will change a policy on excused absences to allow their son to miss school to see his daughter prior to deployments to Iraq.
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An Alabama family is upset with their son’s school district. He missed a day of school to say goodbye to his day, who works for a contractor in Iraq. The school would not excuse the absence.

With barely two days notice, Angela Pierce found out her husband would be deployed to Iraq. Upon word of the deployment, the Pierce’s squeezed in last minute family time.

Angela says her husband works for a military contractor. He’s doing security work at a Camp just outside of Baghdad and will gone for at least four months.

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So when her son had to miss a day of school to be with his dad before he left overseas, she didn’t think it would be a problem. An excused absence form was sent to the school explaining their situation.

Angela was shocked to learn her request for an excused absence was denied. She said she filled out the same form for her son before and for the very same circumstance.

I had went through the process of doing the little form that they have, the code of conduct book and filling it out and sending it in and it was approved last year,” she said.

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Because of the previous approval, Angela didn’t think there would be a problem on this new request. She said she talked to the Elvin Hill principal who told her the school is trying to be more consistent with the attendance policy.

A spokeswoman for the Shelby County Schools says it’s a district-wide effort and the principal did make an important exception for Pierce’s son.

In this particular situation, she chose not to excuse the absence, but she did the child the opportunity to make up all of the work he would have missed that day.

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Pierce says her son did make up the work, but she’s still very worried. Her son may have to send off his dad again sometime this school year. “And he’s gonna miss three times this year, probably, and after the fifth, they start taking you to court,” she said.

The school says it does not consider Pierce’s son’s situation a true emergency, so it’s not excusable. Pierce says she hopes the school system consider changing its policy.

 

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