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High School to take away earned credits

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Junior Member
undefinedWhat is the name of your state?Iowa
Is it Legal for a public high school to take away earned credits for missing 1 day more than allowed?

My daughter is graduating this year and has enough credits to graduate now. The school she attends allows 12 missed days per Semester. We received a letter from the high school stating that she could lose her last quarters credits since she missed 13.5 days of school and it doesn't matter if they were excused or not.

All of her days missed WERE called in by her parent(s) either that morning or in advance. Three of those days were actually her out of state college visit.

I know that she could be suspened (expelled) but I don't think its right to take away credits she has strived so hard to earn. Her GPA is a 4.2 and always have been above 4.0.

Since the school allows college visits, we don't think those 3 days should even be considered as absence, taking her missed days down to 10.5.

Could someone please let me know ASAP, for the school gave us 3 days to write them a letter of explantion, (why they would want this is beyond me, since they were already contacted the day of or prior to her absence's ).


Under the Radar Member
Yes, the school can fail your daughter for exceeding the allowed absences. EXCUSED absences generally require some sort of documentation besides a note from the parents. Something from the college, a doctor's note, etc.

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