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Re: Parent Conflict
You have clearly outlined expectations. I had a "Once in a lifetime" policy for an excused absence. Weekly family time is not a "once in a lifetime event" by my standard. You have documented. You have communicated with the parent. My suggestion is at this point take points off their grade, (do you do things at the sectionals that are measurable like testing or performance based assessments and make each selection a grade based on the UIL rubric at the performance of which the student will not be performing at and will therefore earn a 0), and cover their part. At the end of the semester move them to an ensemble that doesn't have as many time requirements.
You may still have to give the student time to "retake missed assignments" if that is a district policy, however, you can still require that after school. My district had a policy that said if they did not attempt the assignment they received a 0. Make it as inconvenient as possible without disrupting your world and fail the kid. Sadly you are really failing the parent but you can only do so much and this family sounds like they don't need much of your time and energy.
I’m having issues with a parent who things her family is above the rules. She has refused to let her son come to after school rehearsals that were planned in August to go to “family time”. My rehearsal are once a week after school for 45 minutes.
To top it off I received an email from her yesterday stating that her son was out for 2 days with the flu last week, was too far behind and would be too tired to attend a performance this Friday. Mind you, I sent out this email last week Friday. Upon speaking with the student and even offering class time (my classes are 90 minutes) for him to catch up on his work, he told me he was caught up. The performance will only last 45 to an hour.
What do I do?