Today I got a letter in the mail from Hayleigh's school saying she now has 28.5 absences since the beginning of school. I know that is a lot, but she has a lot of health issues. Not only is she a Type 1 Diabetic, she also has Celiac (which really wouldn't keep her from going to school) Asthma, a vascular/bleeding disorder called Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia and has had 3 cardiac catheterizations to embolize multiple Pulmonary Arteriovenous Malformations. She has a lot going on. In this past year she has been absent due to: a week long stay in the PICU (because of her asthma) 3 additional days after that for recovering at home Strep twice H1N1 Multiple drs appointments (she sees 6 specialists) Medical tests/procedures Stomach bug complete with large ketones A few other sicknesses here and there It all adds up to a lot, I know. But they are things that cannot be helped. Today I got a letter in the mail saying she is Truant. She has a 504 plan and the principal even wrote a note on the bottom of the letter saying he knows she has a lot of health issues, but that she is considered truant by the school district. Now I have to get a note from the Dr every time she is sick from now on. That's not a big deal. But I don't like how this makes it seem like she is just staying home for every little thing. Doesn't the 504 plan cover this? Is there any info I can show them on absences? By the way, she is getting straight A's and always has. Her grades have never been a problem and she has never fallen behind on her work.