Ooops. I shouldn't have said "unexcused", even excused absences can get tallied towards the fine.
At Mo's old school we could pull him out for a week or more with no problem. They'd send a pile of work home -- whatever they'd be covering during the time he'd miss -- and as long as we saw that it got done, no problem.
At his new school, they're very, very strict about attendance. They won't send work home, they don't assign homework. "You need to be here, on time, every day"
is the message. They send it loud and clear. One minute late equals a tardy. Too many tardys and they send you packing back to your district school.
The fact that Mo really likes the school makes it easy to get him there, thank goodness.
I won a gold medal at skipping class. It was too easy to catch up. Maybe if schools just made it harder for kids to miss class it would solve the problem of truancy....