This afternoon I got Wyatt's report card in the mail. He had maintained A's and B's throughout the year and had passed all of his end of grade testing so I figured he was all set to go to 5th grade next year. But when I looked at the promotion status, it said he was being retained. So, I immediately called the school and asked them to explain this horrible mistake to me. There was a long pause and then the counselor said "Well.... there doesn't appear to be anything incorrect. The school's absence policy is that students may have 4 unexcused absences and according to Wyatt's records, he missed 6 which results in automatic failure of his current grade." Yes, Wyatt did miss 6 days but those were the 6 days he was in the hospital after being diagnosed with Type 1 and if I'm not mistaken excused includes medical related absences. So she said "You're correct but medical diagnosis themselves don't count. Also, part of those 6 days in the hospital were education about his care-he wasn't actually ill." You don't call a blood sugar over 800 ill??? I talked with the principal who said we could meet tomorrow morning to discuss it further but that he didn't think there was much he could do. I am in total disbelief right now.