Thursday, October 02, 2014 - 12:23:09 AM

Local News

Print Friendly | Bookmark and Share

Senior Skip Day Turns Sour

Dozens of students in Oxford who thought they were taking part in a harmless tradition soon found themselves in a heap of trouble...

About four dozen of the 54-member senior class at Oxford Academy took part in senior skip day Monday. But some parents say the high school principal caught wind of their plans and instructed teachers to schedule work on that day that would be weighed heavily enough that it would "wound" those students' grades. Parents say students received zeroes on the missed assignments Monday, dropping grade point averages.

Parents claim principal Janet Laytham wanted to schedule a 7:30 am Sunday session for the kids to make up the work. Parent Cheryl Webb says she contacted the State Department of Education to discover that plan to call students in on Sunday was not allowed.

Parents say students now have the chance to make up the work they missed Monday, Thursday and Friday after school so that their grades won't be affected. However, one parent says she's advising her son to not make up the work out of principle because the work wasn't part of the original curriculum.

"I don't know what the reasoning is to hurt a bunch of kids. Most of these kids are honor or high honor students. So it really hurt a bunch of them in terms of their grades and their averages and colleges are looking at that," said Oxford parent Donna Hansen.

"I have no issue with my child having a consequence for not following school rules. But I think the consequence should be commensurate with the infraction. They act like they want to put these kids in front of a firing squad for having a Senior Skip Day which has been going on for 30 years," said Oxford Parent Donna Hansen.

We spoke to Oxford superintendent Dr. David Richards who said he couldn't comment on student disciplinary issues due to federal law. He also felt he couldn't comment on the accusation that the work added Monday was not part of the regular curriculum. He did say the district's code of conduct calls for students to be at school unless excused by a parent or guardian.

VIEW VIDEO
blog comments powered by Disqus


Back Back

News system programming and website hosting by EFX internet  EFX internet


Additional Articles


Endicott Man Arrested for Assaulting, Strangling Girlfriend. VIEW VIDEO
An Endicott man is under arrest after police say he strangled his live-in girlfriend repeatedly over a two-day span.     30-year-old Daniel Rosenbarker is charged with Assault in the Second... more

Traditions Casino Development Plan Gets Approved VIEW VIDEO
Traditions Casino and Resort may still be waiting to learn its future from New York's Gaming Commission. But tonight, developers got the green light from the town of union to move ahead with the... more

Binghamton's Veteran's Memorial Arena is Renamed VIEW VIDEO
Downtown Binghamton's Memorial Arena has a new name. Wednesday officials, veteran's, and family members celebrated the newly named Floyd L. Maines Veteran's Memorial Arena. New rights for the... more

Dave's Haunted House of Horror Grand Opening VIEW VIDEO
October is here and with October comes the celebration of Halloween!   Tonight Equinox Broadcasting, The Venue Sports Bar, and Silver and Gold Expressions announced the grand opening of downtown... more

Chris Moss Makes Campaign Trail Stop in Binghamton VIEW VIDEO
Elections are right around the corner and the Republican Party is trying to gain some more supporters.   Chemung County Sheriff and candidate for Lt. Governor Chris Moss made a stop in Binghamton... more

Twilight Zone Series Celebrates 55th Anniversary VIEW VIDEO
Tomorrow marks the 55th anniversary of the premiere of The Twilight Zone Series.   And in celebration, The Bundy Museum Annex Theater held a viewing of two classic time travel themed Twilight... more

Conference on the Environment Preview VIEW VIDEO
A statewide conference on the environment will be in Binghamton starting tomorrow night. The event kicks off at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Binghamton with an exhibition and a concert... more

Click here for more local news...icon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 A News Story

If you are looking for a copy of a news story that we recently aired, simply click here to find out how.

Breaking News

Do you have a tip or information about a breaking news story? Contact the FOX 40 News Desk at 607.798.0070 or send us an email .




ADVERTISEMENT

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Stumble It More...