I dig where you are coming from, and, I know what I say will either be picked apart word for word, or ignored completely,,,but,,,,my son, aged 9, is in a treatment facility as I write this, and they are not counting the missed days from school as approved.
Now, granted, bout all it kills for 4th grade is a perfect attendance award....it still applies to all grades, no matter why you miss the days, they are days missed, and they don't take the why into concideration.
School has become a zero tolerance place over the years, due to, (I hate to use the term bad apple, but it's all that is coming to mind)bad apples spoiling things over the years.
I mean,,,be it missing days from getting help, or getting stoned,,,,,bringing a machette to class or a nail file,,,,,things have grown almost rediculous, and they no longer "judge" the why on an individual basis. It all gets lumped into a labled group, and all hands are washed of it, "we have made it so".
I do hope this made a little sense, and that someone actually sees what I was trying to say.
The girl was hosed, short and sweet. Sends a great message in a way...."Just hide the pain, asking for help will get you punished". And yes,,that was a whole bucket of sarcasm on that last statement.
Regaurdless, and I'll hush my ramble after this, I'm glad she got the help she needed, at least she will now get to the future she was striving for, one title short, but, hopefully stronger from the experience.
If home is where the heart is,,,,,I guess the corner bar is where the mind wanders off to