The Princess has perfect attendance. Every day that school has been in session this year, the Princess has been in the classroom at her desk.
There have been mornings that she's felt horrible. Every time I have asked her "Baby, do you want to stay home?" and every time she has said "No, Mommy, it would ruin my perfect attendance." And so off to school she would go.
She was so proud of this achievement. As we got closer and closer to the end of the year, she got more excited. School ends on June 11th. The last day is almost here. And she will have PERFECT ATTENDANCE.
Or at least she thought she had perfect attendance. And I thought she had perfect attendance.
Turns out that perfect attendance is a slippery bitch.
The Ex stopped into the Principal's office today to find out if taking the Princess out of school an hour early tomorrow would affect her perfect attendance. And the Principal said "She doesn't have perfect attendance."
It turns out that because she was tardy a few times - on those mornings when she was dragging and not feeling well - she will be denied her perfect attendance. She walked into the classroom 2 minutes after the bell rang and it was over. She dragged her tired sick self to school and the FUCKING SCHOOL GOT PAID it's fucking 'per student per day' amount from the state the minute she showed up. But because she was moving a little slow...no award, no certificate, no recognition.
We had to break the news to her today. And she cried. And my heart broke for her.
And now she's just sad.
And I'm just all kinds of hate right now.
PERFECT ATTENDANCE SHOULD DIE!
It is an unattainable standard that cannot POSSIBLY be met by anybody that isn't completely anal and inhuman.
I did a little digging on the school district's website to find out where it actually SAYS what this "perfect attendance" thing means. It's not there. BUT I did find out that if the Ex or I were to die in a horrible fiery airplane crash, the Princess would be allowed one excused absence day to attend the funeral.
One day. Seriously. I can't make this shit up.
Fuck it. Next year I'm taking her out of school for a week to go to Disneyland. And they can stick their truancy letter where the sun don't shine.