I swear Grace intentionally qualifies for events at the four-day meets that get her out of school! The kids have also been late to school a few times because of a late meet or I have to pull them out of school early to get to one. I have found that honesty is the best policy.
Missed day – Dear Teacher, My child was out of school on Friday. Please excuse this absence. We are happy to make accommodations to make up missed work. Regards, Mom
Late to school – This one is easy, we sign them in. Reason for being late, I simply fill in the word “late”. “Not here” works too.
Early dismissal – This is where unavoidable conflict comes in. Kindest regards, Mom.
I have instructed them not to lie if asked where they have been. They are to say they were at the Olympic Time Trials. About half the time teachers believe them.
I understand that the schools have a job to do and that parents make it that much harder. I never know how the school will react to the missed days and it always makes me so nervous. To date, we haven’t had any issues.
Would love to hear how your schools respond to missed absences for sporting events.