Revise the Final Exam Exemption Policy (McKinney ISD)
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Currently, the only absences that do not count towards final exam exemptions are “school activities, medical (partial day) absences, religious holidays, and official college visit days for juniors and seniors.” Doctors’ notes counting towards exemptions can tempt students to continue attending school despite illness. This can lead to rapid infection of students and faculty. This is especially dangerous now. As of January 20, 2018, Influenza A and B are the highest in Collin County. Per MISD guidelines many reasons for being sent home by the nurse require an extra twenty-four hours before the student is allowed to return to school. Therefore, students who follow the rules and do not attend school while sick should not be penalized. In addition, it is morally unethical to count family emergencies as absences towards the exemption policy. In civilized society, family should be of the utmost importance; students should not be worrying about reschedulable exams whilst attending a funeral or visiting an immediate family member in the hospital. On the other hand, if a student has worked all semester to be eligible for exemptions, the student should thus be eligible to not attend the class during the aforementioned final. It could provoke and distract other students who are trying to focus. It would also be pointless for the student; the two hour period would be spent uselessly.
We, the undersigned, are concerned MISD students and parents who urge our administrators to act now to change the current final exam exemption policy to one that better protects and represents us. We would like the following changes to be made to the current policy:
-Students who are absent and have a doctor’s note proving that they were ill or injured during the days of their absences will not have their absences count towards the attendance requirement of the exemption policy.
-Students who are absent due the hospitalization of or funeral for an immediate family member will not have their absences count towards the attendance requirement of the exemption policy.
-Leaving school sick because the nurse required it will not count towards the attendance requirement of the exemption policy.
-Attendance taken on the day of the exam will not count towards the attendance requirement of the exemption policy.
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