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Senior Skip Day Justification

Casey Tinney

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With the start of spring comes the start of anticipation for senior events such as prom, senior trip, graduation, and the senior activity not organized by the school, senior skip day.  Senior skip day has been going on for many years, and has often been met with backlash from the staff and administration.  Seniors have had to face unnecessary consequences from teachers, sometimes even failing classes, just because they missed one day.

Seniors have been working hard for four years, keeping up their grades, managing extracurricular activities, and finally applying to colleges.  If after four years of keeping up grades and turning in assignments, seniors want to collectively take a day off, who cares?

Failing a student, or punishing them for missing one day is unjust.  Many students have been absent for very few days in their high school career while keeping a high GPA, taking a day off won’t hurt anyone.

Senior skip day is also one of the last days the senior class can spend together before going off to college, and punishing students for trying to spend time with their classmates is retroactive to the policy of tolerance and working together that CMW upholds.

There is also a problem with teachers penalizing students even though they have a note from their parents excusing their absence.  Some students may have legitimate appointments or other family obligations on senior skip day, so why should these students be punished for doing nothing wrong.

Every day, dozens of students are absent, for both excused and unexcused reasons.  An entire class coincidentally being absent on the same day is no different, and should be treated the same way as if a single student was absent.

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