I asked the school secretary if I needed to send in a copy of the subpoenas to have their absences excused. She asked me when they would be out and I said the trial is the week of such and such. She said they would need a separate sheet for each child and then said it would have to come from the courts. No problem. Then she said they can't be excused for that week except on the day they testify. I explained it was out of town, there were many kids that would be required to be there, and that I can't promise they wouldn't waste a day out of the week out of school but not testifying b/c they had to wait or got postponed until the next day. We all have to be available until we testify at a moments notice. She wouldn't budge, they will not be excused.
In my county, if one of my children miss more than 10 days for any reason, excused or not, I can be fined and/or jailed. I am sure you are thinking, what child misses 10 days of school, right? Mine do. I take all my elementary school kids to AT every week. We try to do it in the afternoon so when I check them out, they are still counted as present. It doesn't always work that way. If you average out the sick days, each child usually misses a few days in a year. Then you throw this trial in and preparing for the trial is a possible 6 days alone. I am SO going to jail. Will you all picket the jail? At least send me some mail or add money to my books so I can pretend it is a vacation. Wait a minute, this is sounding better and better. I will have to rethink this whole prison thing....Anybody else wanna join me there?