Better Late than Never
If you wake up in the morning and feel a sore throat coming, you are stuck with the dilemma: do you go to school? You have to decide if one day at home is worth all the make up work you will face upon your return.
Making up work can be difficult for those who are absent a significant amount of days.
“Normally, I miss around 7-10 days a semester, not by choice; however, I only miss when needed,” junior Morgan Lockwood said. “It’s helpful when most teachers have websites, so if you are sick, you can keep up. I’m pretty proud of myself that I have no missing work yet.”
“Usually I go talk to my teachers after I come back, because if I go in before I am gone, they either don’t have what is needed or they give me too much so I end up ahead of schedule,” senior Rosemary Hopson said. “It usually takes me a full week to catch up, and I hardcore use the weekends.”
“Everything is easy to make up most of the time,” sophomore Jaylen Baxter said. “My electives are easy, but core classes are harder in all honesty.”
But what are you really missing when you are gone from school?
“It depends on the class,” senior Jacob Bourne said. “You miss daily points in some classes. New material in math that you haven’t learned about looks like a foreign language you’ve never seen before. It can be difficult to make up any class, but they all have their own difficulty level.”
Students may even believe they aren’t receiving enough time to make their work up.
“Short assignments are easy to make up,” sophomore Morgan Smith said. “But when they give us four-page essays that need to be completed by next class, attend musical practice, and go to church, then no, I don’t think they give us enough time.”
“Teachers are trying to teach their students responsibility and they give us plenty of time to make up work,” junior Morgan Lockwood said. “You just have to prioritize and really set your mind on it. Although, sometimes we students think we need more time.”
How hard is it to never actually miss school?
“I had perfect attendance my sophomore year, and am trying again this year,” junior Casey Cada said. “I get perfect attendance just because I don’t think there’s a reason to skip school. There’s nothing really difficult about getting perfect attendance. If you have a real crappy day and don’t feel like doing anything, you just have to persevere.”
But when there’s a test, do you want to miss school?
“In Creative Problem Solving in seventh grade, we had a final where we had to sing a song with sign language,” junior Blake Aghbashian said. “I didn’t know how to do sign language, so I was sick that day…”
So the next time you consider missing school because you either have the common cold or even Ebola, be advised.
“You are allowed 10 absences per semester, per class,” Attendance Secretary Marcy Bowman said. “We require parents to call in, and they have 48 hours to call or the student will be written up.”
So, it’s up to you to make the decision: is missing school even worth it?