Senior skip day or ‘mommy-call-me-out’ day?
The senior skip day is a well-known phenomenon worldwide. Here at HHS, however, it is also known as “mommy-call-me-out” day. Seniors are known to do a lot of talk about skipping school, traditionally the Monday following prom, but only back up that talk with having their parent or guardian call them off to avoid any serious consequences.
Attendance aid Deb Popilowski-Dizenzo says if the tradition, “You have your mommies call you out; you don’t skip.”
According to attendance records, there were 183 calls just from senior parents and guardians the Monday after prom, May 23, 2011, last year’s senior skip day.
The current punishment for an unexcused absence is an in-school suspension or a Wednesday a.m./p.m. detention combination. It has been said in earlier years that the punishment for participating in senior skip day would be the participating senior would not be able to walk at graduation.
Unit Principal Tim Thorn says, “That’s not true at all…[The consequence for skipping school] would be just as it is now; an in-school suspension or a Wednesday combination detention.”
Thorn assuredly said that if some 300 students did skip school without an excused absence, the school would follow through in giving all the students the same consequence.
“It would take multiple days to get it done, but we would do it. We can’t not punish a student for skipping school,” says Thorn. “To condone truancy is illegal…It would be embarrassing to condone senior skip day, and we can’t go there. If you really want to do it, then do it, but there will be consequences just like any other unexcused absence.”
Skipping school is frowned upon, obviously, but as legal adults (or almost legal, for some) shouldn’t we be able to deal with the consequences as adults instead of having a parent call us off? Needless to say, if you’re not actually skipping school, you are not truly participating in the art of senior skip day.
On a deeper note, Social Studies teacher KC Oldham says she remembers the historic walk-out in March 2005 when students protested the non-renewal of former Principal Roger Howard’s contract.
“You walked out because you felt morally inclined to—because you wanted to. You didn’t call your mom to ask if you could. It’s the same with senior skip day—if you want to skip, then skip and deal with the consequences,” says Oldham.
In a survey of 62 HHS seniors, only 46 percent of the surveyed students said they would actually skip on senior skip day without a parent or guardian calling them out.
This leaves 54 percent of seniors saying they will participate in senior skip day, but will not actually skip the day of school-they will have their “mommy call them out.”
Come on, seniors! It’s your last chance to skip a day of high school, your last chance to get to experience a real in-school suspension!
But really, you want to remember your senior year and look back on the crazy, fun times you and your friends had before you graduate, so why not do a little risky business here or there and follow through with the one simple commitment of legitimately skipping a day of school?
It seems as though every year there is a slight uproar among students who are thrilled at the thought of skipping a day of school, only to follow that thrill with someone else to call them off.
Furthermore, if you say you are going to take part in senior skip day, then follow through and skip. We’re all adults here, or almost there anyway; therefore, taking one for the team isn’t too much of a big deal. In other words, at least we’ll all get to spend that in-school together like one big, happy senior-skipping family.