Letter home encourages sick students to attend school anyway

8:19 PM, Oct 2, 2012   |    comments
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The reasoning behind the letter sent to Monarch Montessori School parents was Monday marked a "count day." That means children in school are counted on that day. Federal funding is based on that number.

"This is the day that is most important to us in regard to funding our school. As odd as it seems, if your child is not at school that day, we may not receive funding in their behalf. They will be served as students in our school, but their presence on Monday if of utmost importance and ensures that we will receive funding for them. Even if your child is not feeling well that day, please send them. (You'll never hear that from me any other time)." -School Staff

One mother says asking sick kids to come into school just so they can get paid is unacceptable.

"How is this sanitary," she asked. "How is this healthy?

9NEWS reached out to the school and they released the following statement: 

"Monarch Montessori of Denver Charter is a brand new public charter school in DPS, which opened less than two months ago.

Our communications around sending students to school on October 1 (count date) was premature and, unfortunately, inaccurate. We misunderstood how count date works. We have since clarified that students who were not in class on October 1 will in fact be counted and that Monarch Montessori will receive state funding for them. If children are sick, we absolutely believe and encourage them to stay home until they are well.

We apologize to our school's community for this "rookie" mistake and will correct our policies around this moving forward.

In the meantime, we are still very excited about what the future holds for our young school and look forward to forging ahead and partnering with our families in helping their children have bright futures."

Monarch Montessori, located in northeast Denver, provides education for infants, toddlers, preschool and lower-elementary school kids. It is a charter school through Denver Public Schools.

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