Last year I had a little boy who turned 5 less than 10 days before the annual cut off. So yes, he could come to kindergarten. Legally. But he was young, and tiny, and immature and had never been to preschool, or been read to, or done much of anything else with his life to that point other than get anything he wanted because everybody thought he was so “cute”. At the end of the year he was about ready for kindergarten. Did I mention that he was legally blind, but didn’t get his glasses until first grade? Apparently it wasn’t until he got to kindergarten that he was mature enough for the eye doctor to interpret his reactions to the eye exam to be able to fit him with a prescription……. We talked early about retaining him. If anyone was a candidate he was. Young, small, delayed development….. At the end of the year the parents wanted him to repeat kindergarten. The principal said, “No.” She even made the statement to me and the parents that, she had final say, and she wasn’t retaining him. (He is currently dying in first grade)
Fast forward to today. I have a little girl who has been in my class for 24 days, she has missed six of them. I pulled her file from the other school, and she was enrolled there for 84 days and had missed 24 of them. That makes a total of 30 days out of 108. State law around here mandates consideration for retention after 20 absences. The principal made the comment to me while we were discussing the situation, that there really wasn’t anything we could do and, “If the mother wants to retain the girl, we can’t stop her.”
I KNOW the law hasn’t changed. So what has? Her reasoning was that since kindergarten isn’t mandatory, parents could do what they wanted, and we have no recourse.
Situational, arbitrary and inconsistent.
Why am I not surprised?