I wondered if anyone else has been in this situation and has any advice.
My 12 year old son has been asthmatic since he was about 2. He used to be reasonably well controlled (with infrequent hospital and ITU admissions but basically at school most of the time). However since the end of year 6 he has really struggled and his attendance at school is appalling. At the moment I think it stands at about 53% for the school year so far. Consequently his work is suffering. This isn't helped by the fact that he struggles with dyslexia as well...but that's a whole other issue.
I've approached the school on several occasions (note I approached them, not them approaching us re his absence!) especially when his reports have come home stating that they are worried about his attendance. I basically been told to contact his subject tutors if he's off to get work from them to do at home and that he should 'catch up' when he's back. Ummm not the most sensible suggestion for a 12 year old who's off school for weeks at a time.
Unfortunately I can't teach him myself as I work during the day and then have his 3 younger siblings to deal with as well after school and his dyslexia does make it hard for him to simply pick up a piece of work and go on with it.
I finally referred him myself the schools welfare officer. She admitted that she had 'heard of him' - but had never contacted us! I've asked for extra support. As there are days when he's suffering from asthma but could work (just couldn't cope with the hustle and bustle of school and getting there) the ideal would be a tutor who comes to us. Apparently this isn't possible unless the child is 'booked' to be sick for a long stretch. Their suggestion is online help. However his case has to be put before a board and apparently they review each case individually and there's no guarantee that he'll get any help - despite his low attendance.
I'm waiting to hear the results of the 'board' next week....but in the meantime I thought I'd prepare myself in case they say no. Has anyone else had this situation? Any suggestions of what I can do and what rights he has?
I feel like he's falling into a black hole at school where he's just being ignored because his absence is due to a genuine and identifiable illness. If he was just bunking off I'm sure we'd have had the welfare officer banging on our door by now.