Dr. Principal Bullard, I am writing to inform you that Bridget will be absent from school on Friday, March 25, 2011. She will be attending the eighth funeral of her grandmother with the rest of the family…
Have you used this excuse so many times in the past to pull your daughter from school for a Feis you suspect the school district might be catching on? Does your state or school district have a compulsory attendance guideline that makes parents responsible to insure their children’s absences from school are valid and educational in nature?
Here is a sample letter I created for a Feis Mom to help her comply with this requirement.
March 15, 2011
Mr. Pouter Bullard, Principal
Blue River Central High School
1234 Central Street
Carriere, MS 39426
Dear Principal Bollard;
I am writing to inform you that Bridget will be absent from school on Friday, March 25, and Monday, March 28, 2011. She will be traveling to attend a regional ethno-cultural, educational event in West Virginia that weekend.
The primary purpose of this event is to advance the understanding and appreciation of Irish cultural identity, heritage, and traditions through use of various media. Events of this nature include enrichment-based activities such as art displays, music, singing, foreign language, costumed dance, and drama competitions. In addition, craftspeople and vendors from throughout the United States will be displaying products, artifacts, and supplies related to these activities.
Bridget will be participating in both individual and team competitions demonstrating her competency and interpretation of certain terpsichorean aspects of Irish folk traditions.
A panel of adjudicators will evaluate these presentations and provide guidance and feedback to our Bridget as regards to her demonstrated expertise and proficiency.
Our aim is that this absence from class does not affect Bridget’s academic performance. Please let me know if she will need to complete any assignments before she leaves. My wife and I will make every effort to ensure that Bridget completes her schoolwork while she’s away.
Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with Bridget’s assignments for the dates that she will be absent. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
1040 Forsythia Blvd
Picayune, MS 39466