First off, let me apologize to all of the educators on this forum. Teaching is hard and teachers are not compensated enough for their work . . . on to the rant.
We are leaving tomorrow for a week-long Thanksgiving trip to WDW. I planned and booked this trip well before my son started his Freshmen year at high school. The plan was to leave early AM on Friday, so both my kids would miss one day of school. My kids attendance is good and they are solid students, so I didn’t think missing one day would be an issue.
My son’s high school posts online in advance the due dates for all tests, quizzes and homework. We checked what was upcoming and my son had no tests or quizzes scheduled for the day his was going to miss. For homework, the students can post everything online, so that was not an issue. In other words, everything looked good.
Well, yesterday, Wednesday 11/20, the science teacher decided to move a Lab project that was due today, Thursday 11/21 to FRIDAY 11/22. To add insult to injury, he specifically noted in the email to the students for them to look at the school policy about absences on days before and after vacation breaks. Basically, you get a zero and you cannot arrange for any alternatives either before or after the due date. What this means is that even though my son had completed his Lab assignment for Thursday, (as it was the original due date) since it was now not due until Friday, if he does not attend the class he gets a zero! He cannot turn it in early. The email from the teacher was so snarky too, its like he took pleasure in jamming his students. Who moves assignments later and then would penalize the kids for having it completed on the date it was originally due?
So now I had to change my SWA flights for my wife and son to after school on Friday, so they will miss Epcot (FPPs for TT and MS) on the first day and our dinner at Storybook with some other family that our joining us from New Orleans.
The change fees for the flights is $300 and I need to arrange for a separate car service from MCO to the Dolphin for them - another $100 – plus the fact that the will not be using one of the days I purchased for their park tickets - I’m kind of ticked off because this was so unnecessary.
My revenge will be when the school seeks donations for the annual fund, like they do every year, I’m tempted to itemize these additional travel expenses and deduct it from our normal yearly contribution.