Henrico school officials consider changing absence policy

By Evrod Cassimy - bio | email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Parent and students at Godwin High School are hoping the school board will change its absence policy as many students are calling in sick due to swine flu. They're hoping the school board will be more lenient so that the students won't have to take their final exams.

Each year seniors who attend Henrico County Public Schools try to keep their absences down. The school district has given them an incentive. If you miss 10 days or less along with meeting other grade requirements you are exempt from taking final exams.

"I think the policy is a great policy under normal circumstances," said parent, Betty Hesaltine. "But with the pandemic that that's been identified as a pandemic by the federal government and our president i think it needs to be changed this year."

Hesaltine's daughter is a senior at Godwin High School. She wants to see the policy changed to take swine flu absences into consideration. The 10 day policy includes excused absences. Because of this some students come to school sick just so they can still be exempt from exams.

"Especially when it's early in the school year and you really don't know what's going to be happening in the coming year," added Haseltine.

Henrico County school officials have heard the cry from concerned seniors and parents. They're considering a change to the policy.

"My guess is that it would be a county wide," said school board spokesman, Mychael Dickerson. "Whatever the high school principals come up with will impact the entire high school population."

School officials will be meeting Tuesday to discuss the absence policy.

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