It’s always good to remind our patrons about the school attendance rules and regulations. There seems to be a bit of confusion about school absences and what is OK and not OK, what is excused and what is not. The main thing to remember is that whether excused or not excused, 10 is the maximum number of days that kids are allowed to miss during a semester. A parent may excuse their child for any reason, but if the number of absences reaches ten in a semester, the possibility of not earning full credit for the semester exists. All children get sick, all children have the possibility of family emergencies, etc. We understand that. That is why it is important that children only miss days when they are ill or there is a true emergency. Shopping, for example, is not a valid reason to miss school. If a child has an extended illness, a doctor’s note is very helpful in determining if the child had a good reason to miss extended time. Always notify the school when your child will be absent. If they are absent without your permission, that is unexcused, and that will be treated as a whole other issue. If they have a doctor or dentist appointment close by, missing an entire day of school is not necessary.
We are required by the state to notify the County attorney if a child has missed ten days of school during the semester. If we can verify that there were extenuating circumstances for the absences (such as a serious illness), then that can be dealt with relatively easily. If not, it may become a larger issue. School attendance is mandatory according to state law, so we will abide by what the law requires us to do. It is alarming that we already have some children that have missed three days of school.
The main concept that I wish to express is that there is a direct correlation between school attendance and grades. Those students who tend to be at school almost always do better. Those who miss a lot tend to struggle. If you’re not there to learn the material then it’s tough to pick it up later. At this time of a child’s life, school is their job, and they need to be able to have a good work history. It shows dedication and creates better work habits down the road.
R. Todd Porter
The Southwest Track and Field Team would like to thank the community for its support of the track improvement project at Southwest Public Schools. Recently, the three lane track was successfully laid out and rubber surface applied. The full 400 meter track has a concrete base and a 1/2 inch of rubber surface applied and adhered to it. Both sets of runways at the school have also been poured with a rubber coating. The track, when lines are painted this fall, will have three lanes will full markings for the 100, 110, and 300 meter hurdles plus relay exchanges zones fully marked. Both runways will have markings for triple jump, long jump, and pole vault.
In addition, because of the path of the track, the press box at the football field has been completely replaced. The new structure is just to the north of the track and football field. Please stop by to walk the track and view the new press box.
The track team would like to thank:
The Southwest School Board for its dedication and funding of the projects.
Howard Kester for generating community support and pledges for the project.
Brooks Construction for the land preperation and leveling.
Southwest Public Schools Principal Matt Spinger, Custodial staff Jay Wyatt, Mike Gall, Dave Downey, and Gary Newcomb for all its construction work.
Booster Club Donors: BRICO Pest Control, Brooks Construction, D & L Pest Control, Haag Insurance, HillTop Seeds (Kalli Nelms), J & L Construction (Joe Leamon), McConville Agency, My Family Vision Clinic, ODISS Enterprises (Don Longnecker), Rocket Inn, Sehnert's Bakery and Bioroc Cafe, Sides Aviation (Joe Sides), Taco John's.
Pledged Donors: Brian and Missy Foster, Scott Moore, Cambridge Phycial Therapy, 1st Central Bank (Cambridge), 1st Central Bank (McCook), Burton Well Drilling, Larry Durner, Terry Fichtner, Gary Newcomb, Susan and Jay Wyatt, Bill Moore, State Bank of Bartley.
DONORS will be recognized with their names placed on the Southwest Schools Foundation donors board. Thank you so much for the community support and completion of the project.