Saturday, March 8, 2008
"Hello Mr. Truant Officer"
So today I got another email from the school that keeps our transcripts and submits them to the state. This time, the email subject was, “What to do when the truant officer comes!”. I love that she started her email with “Don’t panic. It isn’t likely to happen.”
But of course, if it does happen, there are a few instructions to follow.
From now on, I’m not supposed to let my school-age child go to the door with me. “Sorry, Haven. You need to run and hide under the bed. The truant officer is at the door again.”
Then I should “respectfully and calmly respond” that my child is enrolled in a legal private school which has filed an affidavit with the State of California. Then give them the name and number of the school and give them permission to call and verify my child is in attendance there.
If they then ask for the child’s name and age, I’m to respond, “I’m sorry, I’m not comfortable giving that information without speaking to my attorney first. May I have your business card?”
Then I am to “thank him or her and quietly close the door.” Then immediately call the HSLDA and our school.
Suggested precautions to take from now on:
1. Don’t let your kids be out during school hours. That will be difficult since we run errands in the morning and do school in the afternoon during the younger kids’ naps. Grrrrr.
2. Avoid causing disgruntled neighbors or relatives. What? So I can’t complain about the neighbor’s chickens anymore? Chickens? Did I mention that I LOVE chickens? And my awesome neighbors... I love them too. They’re awesome.
3. Do your very best job of educating your children. What do you mean playing cards, playing Xbox 360, and watching movies all day isn’t education??? KIDDING.
I’m not saying what we will or won’t do at this point if the state starts prosecuting families. I honestly don’t know. But I can say this... If I’m EVER sent to prison... I’m going to request to be sent to this Filipino Prison. If you’ve never seen them before, you’ve gotta click on the video below. They’re awesome. I think they should do this at every prison.