I'm looking through the afternoon registers, having a quick spy on who's here and who's not. I'm not nosey, really, but I do occasionally like to be prepared and if I know that a difficult student is absent then I can relax.
If they're still here I can start heating up the pokers.
Anyway, I'm looking through the registers as I said and came across a comment left regarding one of my students. He's marked in as absent, a Non-Authorised absence (tut tut) but there is a little note which you can read if you hover the cursor over the kids name.
This note read thus:
"Acute sickness and diarrhoea. Allegedly.
***(Teacher) was on way to work this morning and spotted him in camouflage gear. He waved."
I'll be honest here, that note tells this kid's story far more effectively than I could...
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