I have had a problem with students missing performances this year. Parents will write excuses for them. My policy is misses should be for emergencies and illness only, but I get excuses for family events, unable to get rides, etc. The students get the performance calendar at the beginning of the year (Sept.). I have gotten excuses for concerts and parades. If I put a zero in the gradebook for missing a performance, they go to my admin and complain. I then hear about it. The students don’t dare do this for our sports teams-they know they’ll be benched. They don’t understand they are in a performance class (that’s a huge portion of their grade). How should I get students to have ownership in what they do and not just show up to band during the school day? I’m frustrated as a teacher that the school wants performances, but won’t back me up in holding the students accountable. HELP!