Excerpt from a letter from our school principal:
"Also, please note that there is no senior skip day. This has many obvious dangers to it with a number of people on their own all day."
Most seniors are 18 or close to it. They will graduate in May. Taking one day off JUST before graduation is DANGEROUS? And they can't all be "on their own" for one day? Is that how poorly we parents of Cityname North High School have parented? Our kids can't be "on their own" for one day? And the dangers are obvious?
I am suuuuch a negligent parent. Because guess what. My son is "on his own" when I have important doctors' appointments and not only that, he watches four younger siblings, THREE of whom are autistic. My bad for doing that. So negligent of me. There are "obvious dangers" to my child being on his own. All day. And watching his siblings, too!
What was I thinking? Crazy me was figuring that my adult son could be trusted.
I dunno; this attitude from the principal really cheeses me off. But look... the letter continues:
"In addition, the district loses state aid for these absences. We simply cannot afford that. As it is, the seniors will have one less day than normal due to starting their year one day after the sophomores and juniors this year."
It's "one fewer" day grammatically because it is a measureable number, but no matter... here we see the real reason the powers that be don't want you to skip, people. It's all about your butt in that chair. Sure, teachers get treated like human beings in schools, but you young adults don't have a union so you do not have any choice about anything once your parents enroll you. Teachers get things called "personal days." You? Unless you are coughing up a lung, you'd better flippin' well forget having a weekday away every now and then.
Sigh. As the TV show I used to watch as a young girl proclaimed, "Kids are people too!" Awww... I miss seeing shows like Wonderama. They are much less glitzy than today's I suppose. Anyone else also remember Romper Room? Dating myself here. In answer to the trivia question presented in the video, Nixon is president. :)