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Issue 1

September 27th, 2019

After school make-up sessions excuse absences

MON. | 04-25-22 | NEWS

     Make-up sessions for Rose students with more than 10 unexcused absences have recommenced following the start of the 2021-2022 school year. This opportunity was first announced to students in mid-November for the fall semester make-up time. The spring semester make-up time was announced on Mon., Mar. 28 on the Student Services Canvas page with a list of the make-up session dates attached.

     Rose guidance counselor Martha Dudley and her fellow guidance counselors contribute to these sessions by ensuring that students at Rose are informed of this opportunity and that they take advantage of it. 

     “The spring semester make-up time, as we call it, was announced on our Sunday evening robocalls,” Dudley said. “We also made sure that we put it in our announcements on Canvas for students to access.”

     Due to COVID-19, make-up sessions were not able to take place during the 2020-2021 school year, but the return to face-to-face learning has allowed these sessions to resume.

     “These sessions have been offered for years after

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Photo contributed by Alessandra Nysether-Santos

it was decided that it should be implemented by the Rose administration,” Dudley said. “It hasn’t happened in a while because attendance hasn’t heavily affected students since before COVID-19, but now we have gotten back to where you can really only have 10 absences.” 

     English teacher Alessandra Nysether-Santos and social studies teacher Diane Padilla serve as supervisors at these make-up sessions. They alternate their duties by selecting days that they are available.

     “Last semester was the first time that I started handling the make-up hours,” Nysether-Santos said. “Ms. Padilla has been helping me through this process and in doing that, we both [have] been splitting the days up.”

     Being present is necessary for a student to pass a class, and these after-school sessions serve as an alternative to summer school for students. Students utilizing this opportunity will make up for one unexcused absence for each session that they attend.

     “There is a certain amount of hours that a student has to be in class in order to get that credit, because the state deems that a student needs to be sitting in class this many hours to actually earn credit for it,” Dudley said. “So when you’ve missed more than 10 days and they are unexcused absences, you are not there and… you are not getting the information or the material.”

     Rose’s Academic Counseling and Educational Support (ACES) teachers, Keith Gould and Monica Lassiter, give students that have more than 10 unexcused absences contracts that explain what they need to do to get their credit back.

     “Starting back this semester, if you have more than 10 unexcused absences, but you have a passing grade in a class, you can get a contract that says if you pass all your classes and do not miss too many days and you don’t get into any trouble, [then] you can get your credit back,” Dudley said. “So it’s a contract saying if you do this, we’ll give you this but if you have more than 45 missing days, they can’t offer you that credit back.”

     Dudley believes that students could benefit greatly from having the opportunity to make up their absences during these after-school sessions as opposed to them having to repeat the class.

     “These sessions are helpful in the way that if you are passing a class and you have too many absences, you can still get credit for the class,” Dudley said. “The sessions give students an opportunity to get the credit for a class even though they technically haven’t been in that classroom for that specific class enough, which is great.”

     Nysether-Santos believes that offering motivational words helps prevent the students attending the make-up sessions from losing hope while also taking responsibility for their actions. 

     “The things that I always hear myself say are no shame, no shade, be accountable, [and] be responsible because you can allow yourself to be upset a little bit about your predicament, but then you should think about what can you do to move forward,” Nysether-Santos said. “I always [say that] no matter how hard it is, you will push through.”

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