Online petition started over student participation at graduation

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Some Muhlenberg County High School students and parents want changes to a rule keeping some from participating at graduation. 

Changes to a rule regarding the number of unexcused absences and tardies are at the center of an online petition.

“I think as a senior, it’s your dream to walk across the stage,” said Brianna Lane, a senior at MCHS. But she says she will not be allowed to participate at Muhlenberg County High’s graduation because she has 10 unexcused absences and tardies, the high school’s limit.

“I had a funeral for my grandpa I had to go to back in September, and I had mentioned that I had my pamphlet, and they had told me that it’d be only one day excused, not the five days I was out,” she said, citing one reason why school officials ruled some of her absences were unexcused.

School officials say the school’s site based council lowered the limit from 20 for this school year. Lane’s mother, Priscilla McIntosh, says the change should’ve been explained better.

“They said, ‘We knew the rules.’ O.K., well, I understand there’s rules, but here’s the thing, they send books home. I think in this matter, they should’ve explained a little bit more with a different piece of paper instead of that book because these are all new rules to the kids this year,” said McIntosh.

An online petition is asking for all students to be allowed to walk for graduation, regardless of unexcused absences.

“Even if it doesn’t change that we can walk this year, at least for the ones next year, get the rule changed back to 20 days so that this doesn’t happen before,” says Lane.

The group adds they plan to bring the petition to the next school committee meeting scheduled in less than three weeks. We reached out to high school officials for comment, but they were unavailable today.

 

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(This story was originally published on February 4, 2019)

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