How would you word and send this letter?
My 13 year old is applying to our local arts school for the fall. I know from previous experience with students of mine that one thing the school looks for is a strong attendance record. Last year, one kid I know who is supremely talented, was turned away specifically due to excessive absences during his 7th grade year.
Last year, my son experienced a dramatic increase in asthma triggered by the onset of puberty. He missed over 20 days of school, he was also late a number of times, either due to early a.m. doctor's appointments, or because he hadn't slept well due to asthma symptoms and I let him miss his first period class. Last spring we found the right combination of medication, and I don't imagine this issue will continue. He's only missed one day of school this year, for his visit to the art school.
I want to write a letter explaining the situation, but I have writer's block! I'm also not sure of the best way to do it. One thought I had is to have the counselor add it to his transcripts (she's willing to do this). I could also mail it separately. I could also call the admissions director and ask her thoughts. What do you think?
Finally, do I write the letter, or have it come from my son? Keep in mind that he's applying for 9th grade not college, so that might influence the content.