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    Default My daughter is suspended...

    ...along with half of her class.
    Her grades from last year in North Carolina have to be "validated" by the Dominican Consulate in the USA. Which to me is just another way for this lovely country to make a buck.
    Anyway, I took a copy of the grades to the Dominican Consulate in NYC (took a day off of work = approx. $500), I was told that I have to bring them in a sealed envelope, stamped by the school, pay $50, and they would be validated.
    So I called my daughter's old school who says that they sent the grades to the high school that she was supposed to attend. So I call the High School and they said that THEY sent the records back to the middle school. THEN they tell me that the records cannot be sent to me (I have an adress in NYC), that they HAVE to send them to the school here. Which we all now how the mail is here. It may be February before they arrive, IF they arrive at all.
    So I have been leaving messages for the school district superintendent who has not returned my calls and the school here in Santiago gave a letter to over half her class yesterday that they cannot return to school until this is turned in.
    So, is my child supposed to sit out of school for 2-3 weeks until this is sorted out or should I just put her in another school until I get these papers?? I hate to change her school but this makes no sense!!! What do you think?
    SHALENA

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    Not knowing how close another school is to where you live, it is tough to say. But the short answer is, keep her involved with a school. It will take some explaining to her, I imagine, but if it is clear there is no alternative, and you are doing everything you can to get things straightened out, she should be okay with it.

    Also, what are the other kids in her class who are affected doing about school?

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    Quote Originally Posted by catcherintherye View Post
    Not knowing how close another school is to where you live, it is tough to say. But the short answer is, keep her involved with a school. It will take some explaining to her, I imagine, but if it is clear there is no alternative, and you are doing everything you can to get things straightened out, she should be okay with it.

    Also, what are the other kids in her class who are affected doing about school?
    I could send her to New Horizons but the thing is, if I change her school now I will NOT send her back to O y M Hostos.
    Since the kids all received the letters yesterday, everyone just stayed home, I guess trying to figure out what to do like I am.
    SHALENA

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    She'll probably want to do whatever they do, so it might be a good idea for the parents to get together and plan some kind of strategy.

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    one word - propina - right amount to the right person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKing View Post
    ...... THEN they tell me that the records cannot be sent to me (I have an adress in NYC), that they HAVE to send them to the school here. Which we all now how the mail is here. It may be February before they arrive, IF they arrive at all.
    Perhaps if you could go to the school in the States and pay for FedEX shipping of the documents.
    You would be assured of their arrival in Santiago. (FedEx Letter would cost about $50 U.S.)


    Don - SantiagoDR

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    Quote Originally Posted by SantiagoDR View Post
    Perhaps if you could go to the school in the States and pay for FedEX shipping of the documents.
    You would be assured of their arrival in Santiago. (FedEx Letter would cost about $50 U.S.)


    Don - SantiagoDR
    I thought of that, the problem is that I do not go to NC...I would have to buy another flight to do that. Also, after this week in NYC, I will not be back in the states until the 28th. So what does she do in the meantime.
    I am going to the school this morning to tell them that I am taking my daughter to another school. Tuition is almost due so maybe they will try to work somehting out. This makes no sense to me and I refuse to buy plane tickets, pay FedEx charges, etc to have the Dominican Consulate Office take 2 seconds to put a stamp on a report card.
    SHALENA
    p.s. If I am coming off harsh, do not take it personally. I really appreciate your advice......I am not mad at you, I am mad at the situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SKing View Post
    ..... p.s. If I am coming off harsh, do not take it personally. I really appreciate your advice......I am not mad at you, I am mad at the situation.
    Welcome to life in the Dominican Republic!

    Like I paid over a hundred dollars, made trips to Miami and Jacksonville Florida to get documents certified by the Dominican Consulates, only to be told in Santo Domingo that I had to do it in Santo Domingo, that they did not accept the certifications from the Consulates in the States. (Of course I had to pay again in Santo Domingo).

    Ok, my 1/2 second of pouting is over from your response..... lol


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    I went to the school this morning and what I thought would happen, happened.
    I told them that I was taking my daughter to another school and ALAS...she can return to school tomorrow.
    Bienvenida a La Republica Dominicana..........where cash (or lack of it) rules everything.
    SHALENA

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    O y M Hostos is a horrible shool anyway. Your daughter is lucky to be suspended.

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