Jump to content

What's with the ads?


Photo

The truant officer just came by ...


This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
21 replies to this topic

What's with the ads?

#1 TaraTheLiberator

TaraTheLiberator

    Apprentice Bee Keeper

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 7789 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 10:50 AM

Someone in our neighborhood reported my kids truant! We have lived here for 8 years. Everyone knows we homeschool ... or so I thought. I think someone is just jealous that my kids are outside riding their bikes on a beautiful spring day.

The truant officer was polite and left as soon as I showed her our excusal letters. You'd think that, rather than wasting the resources to send someone to our home, they'd at least check to see whether we were registered as homeschoolers ...

Tara

#2 specialmama

specialmama

    Empress Bee

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 3402 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 10:52 AM

Well I hope they continue riding their bikes and enjoying the weather! Why not pack a picnic and read a few books while you lounge in the great outdoors? I'm all for flaunting a right! ;)

#3 Guest_Cindie2dds_*

Guest_Cindie2dds_*
  • Guests

Posted 23 April 2010 - 10:54 AM

Well I hope they continue riding their bikes and enjoying the weather! Why not pack a picnic and read a few books while you lounge in the great outdoors? I'm all for flaunting a right! ;)


:iagree: Enjoy your day!

#4 Mejane

Mejane

    Amateur Bee Keeper

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 4242 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 10:57 AM

The tattlers probably saw the recent GMA show. :glare:

#5 Red

Red

    Hive Mind Worker Bee

  • Members
  • Pip
  • 97 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:11 AM

Such a shame! I bet the truant officers are busy this week.

#6 Ellie

Ellie

    Beekeeping Professor

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 22580 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:18 AM

Someone in our neighborhood reported my kids truant! We have lived here for 8 years. Everyone knows we homeschool ... or so I thought. I think someone is just jealous that my kids are outside riding their bikes on a beautiful spring day.

Oh, but don't you know that the only way children can learn is to sit at their desks every day from 8 to 3? Silly you.:tongue_smilie:

The truant officer was polite and left as soon as I showed her our excusal letters. You'd think that, rather than wasting the resources to send someone to our home, they'd at least check to see whether we were registered as homeschoolers ...

More silliness. You're expecting those people to be logical. They didn't do logic when they were sitting at their desks every day from 8 to 3. They were coloring and doing group projects and learning how to...I dunno what they were learning...:tongue_smilie:

#7 Impish

Impish

    Domestic Goddess of Impishness

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 15822 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:18 AM

A little bit of common sense and effort (looking your family up to find excused letters) would have gone a long way.

Perhaps the truant officer just wanted out of the office on a lovely spring day ;)


#8 Hen

Hen

    Creative minds are rarely tidy

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 2663 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:44 AM

I had a visit from the truant officer this June. It went okay, until he told me that I had to go down to the local highschool and get permission to let my child attend a private school (umbrella school) - which is in no way the law here in Ca.

we are in one of the worst school districts in So. Ca (but not LA) and have a lot of drop-outs, I figure they are busy trying to get drop outs back. It was clear we were not.

#9 Harriet Vane

Harriet Vane

    Qualified Bee Keeper

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 10724 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 11:45 AM

:eek:

#10 Mom-ninja.

Mom-ninja.

    Apprentice Bee Keeper

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 11068 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 12:17 PM

What exactly does a truant officer do?

I can't imagine someone calling a truant officer, and not asking the parent/guardian what the kids are doing home if one really has to know.

#11 Johanna

Johanna

    Hive Mind Queen Bee

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 1589 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 12:41 PM

ugh!!! that just makes me mad!

#12 G5052

G5052

    Amateur Bee Keeper

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 5805 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 01:25 PM

You didn't say if the officer said it was specifically a neighbor, but I've heard of cases where a patrol officer or other public employee contacted the truancy office because he/she repeatedly saw the same children out duing the day. And they may or may not have access to county homeschooling records.

I definitely have neighbors who think we're odd and don't agree with homeschooling, but they just stay away.

#13 jazzyfizzle

jazzyfizzle

    Hive Mind Royal Larvae

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 750 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 01:26 PM

:iagree: Enjoy your day!



:iagree:


Sorry you had to deal with that! Have a good one!

#14 mcconnellboys

mcconnellboys

    Beekeeping Professor

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 10763 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 03:27 PM

What are excusal letters, please? I've never heard of that....

#15 bookfiend

bookfiend

    Hive Mind Queen Bee

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 1648 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 04:13 PM

I'm curious. Did the officer tell you how you were reported? Do you have the right to ask, or are you not allowed to face your accusers?

#16 TaraTheLiberator

TaraTheLiberator

    Apprentice Bee Keeper

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 7789 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 04:32 PM

What are excusal letters, please? I've never heard of that....


We have to notify the school district of our intent to homeschool. If our form is correctly filled out, we are given a letter that excuses our child/ren from compulsory attendance at school.

The truant officer said "someone in the neighborhood" reported us. I live two doors down from a cop (who is considering homeschooling) and across the street from a magistrate (who fully supports homeschooling). It's possible that the crabby neighbor who yelled at me for flying the flag of our daughter's country of birth the weekend we brought her home (which happened to be Memorial Day) did it; he's the neighborhood busybody.

Tara

#17 nestof3

nestof3

    Beekeeping Professor

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 11340 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 04:47 PM

We read outside on lovely days like this, and I admit I get a little nervous when people drive by very slowly.

Honestly, I'd love for someone to come in and ask what we do and have me show our work, but for me it's the same feeling I get when I go by a police officer when I know I'm not speeding.

But, for me, we school late (after my chores, paperwork and workout), so I always figure someone would pop by at 10:00 when I'm exercising, and that wouldn't look good. ugh

#18 jenL

jenL

    Blessed

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 3156 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 05:00 PM

I'm sorry you were visited this morning. I have a few neighbors similar to yours, and I'm just waiting for my visit...

#19 TaraTheLiberator

TaraTheLiberator

    Apprentice Bee Keeper

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 7789 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 05:03 PM

But, for me, we school late (after my chores, paperwork and workout), so I always figure someone would pop by at 10:00 when I'm exercising, and that wouldn't look good. ugh


Our laws don't require kids to be in school for any certain amount of time each day or for a certain number of days; I just have to promise to provide 900 hours of instruction.

Tara

#20 babysparkler

babysparkler

    Hive Mind Queen Bee

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 2196 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 05:25 PM

Well I hope they continue riding their bikes and enjoying the weather! Why not pack a picnic and read a few books while you lounge in the great outdoors? I'm all for flaunting a right! ;)


:iagree:I would make it "outdoor week" next week :tongue_smilie:

#21 Photo Ninja

Photo Ninja

    Hive Mind Queen Bee

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 1340 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 06:03 PM

It is absurd that the truant officer came to your home, anyway. Every school knows which children are present and which are absent. Middle and high schools take attendance during every class period. Schools know who the truant students are.

Instead of having truant officers checking up on reports via anonymous phone calls, if they really want to find the truant students, they should be getting names, addresses, phone numbers and parents' work numbers of the really truant students and going to their homes or calling those parents. Truant officers should be working with the schools and following up that way instead of roaming the streets looking for school-aged looking kids (not exactly your situation, but it happens here in cities with daytime curfews).

They can look for students by name. School should be the ones reporting truant students.That way innocent hsers don't get reported or hassled.

#22 MeanestMomInMidwest

MeanestMomInMidwest

    Hive Mind Queen Bee

  • Members
  • PipPip
  • 1451 posts

Posted 23 April 2010 - 06:26 PM

Well, hopefully sine they know you homeschool, they'll never come again.


What's with the ads?