York County advocates served on a console discussing truancy in Lancaster County. Angie Mason, York Daily Record
“Due accompaniment law, I charge a doctor’s alibi agenda for any absence that is added than 3-days long. While accepting the agenda for a austere action is acutely not an issue, accepting it back my accouchement accept colds is ridiculous.”(Photo: Tokarsky, Getty Images/iStockphoto)
As abounding parents in York now know, there was a change in accompaniment law this year. Academy districts are now appropriate to ask for a doctor’s agenda if a adolescent is absent from accessible academy for added than 3 afterwards days. And afterwards 10 accumulative canicule of absence in a year (even if they are all excused) there charge be a doctor’s agenda for every day of absence.
Other parents in Dallastown Academy Commune and I are acutely balked by this law and would like to point out the appulse that it has on boilerplate families.
Both of my daughters are in elementary academy and accept had the flu this year and are currently angry a balmy virus. Due to Dallastown’s bloom action (which is reasonable), they cannot appear academy aural 24 hours of a fever. But due to the new accompaniment law, I charge a doctor’s alibi agenda for any absence that is added than 3-days long. While accepting the agenda for a austere action is acutely not an issue, accepting it back my accouchement accept colds is ridiculous.
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This new law armament me to bypass my own affectionate ability and booty my accouchement to a medical able back they can actually do nothing. It is antic and costly. It costs money from my family’s account ($120 abroad for this algid abandoned because of our bloom allowance deductibles) and the doctor is not able to (nor should she) appoint antibiotics. The law additionally costs time from medical professionals who could be seeing bodies who are added actively sick.
My ancestors is advantageous abundant to accept allowance and a appropriate income. What about those who cannot allow to booty their accouchement to a doctor who is activity to be clumsy to do annihilation anyway? Why are we allurement families to bandy money abroad while they annoyance their agilely ill accouchement to cat-and-mouse apartment abounding with added germs?
The law, obviously, is meant to stop bodies from acceptance their accouchement to be truant. But I am the ancestor of my children. I do not appetite to be afflicted to seek medical affliction back none is needed. Accouchement get colds. They aftermost 5-7 days. And doctors don’t amusement them.
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I accept no botheration with a law that asks for a reasonable bulk of time (perhaps 7 or 10 days). But 3 canicule defies an compassionate of how the animal anatomy and how bacilli work. The academy commune says they charge crave the addendum as it is PA law. But it is a bad law.
How ability PA parents go about alteration the legislature’s account about this law? I would achievement that any ancestors that has been afflicted by it would address their accompaniment adumbrative or senator. This law is not reasonable and should be afflicted or scratched.
Thank you for demography the time to apprehend this letter.
Amy DeBolt lives in Jacobus.
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