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catislander
04-12-2012, 08:18 PM
I'm hoping cruisers with school-age kids in Texas can help me. We currently live in Southern California. Eight months ago, after talking with my daughter's current teacher (who she would most likely have for the next year as well) we booked the two-week Hawaiian cruise for October. Our plans were to do what's called a "contract" where the student does assigned work during the missed time. That way the school gets the money for the student and the student doesn't get too far behind. Our daugther's teacher was excited for us.
Now, due to some changes in life, we're talking about moving to Texas. This was a planned move, it's just happening sooner than planned.
I wanted to know from anyone with experience taking their kids out of school in Texas if the situation will be any different. Do Texas schools offer contracts? Do teachers frown on family vacations during the school year? Should I just home school my daughter for the next school year (sarcasm, I think)?
For what it's worth, my daughter will be in second grade and is an excellent student who works well independently.

tiggergirlsmom
04-12-2012, 08:27 PM
This is from our school's website. "The Texas Education Section Code 25.092 requires that a student is to be in attendance at least 90% of the days that a class is offered in order to receive credit for the class. Nine absences or more per semester exceeds the 90% attendance requirement." I have never heard of schools in Texas allowing students to do a contract in order to go on a family trip, but your best bet if to contact the school that she would be attending directly and see what they say.

crbruce_us
04-12-2012, 08:31 PM
Where in Texas? It really depends on the school and school district. I 've never heard of a contract. I can't take my high schooler out because it's an unexcussed absence. Also, she can skip finals if she doesn't miss more than 3 days for the semester.

In elementary school in the same school disrtict she could skip a day or two for vacation without getting in trouble, but no more. Two weeks is a very, very long time. She would miss a lot.

Sarasein
04-12-2012, 08:36 PM
I don't think you can miss that much. I am pulling my girls out for 5 days. It will be unexcused. My friend told me they will call the house each night they miss, but not to worry about it. We are going on a 8 night cruise. It is over the MLK holiday, so they won't miss as much school.

My girls are also excellent students (2nd & 4th). I am planning to get their work and let them do it on the drive down. I also am planning to have journals for them to write in while we are gone.

crbruce_us
04-12-2012, 08:36 PM
This is from our school's website. "The Texas Education Section Code 25.092 requires that a student is to be in attendance at least 90% of the days that a class is offered in order to receive credit for the class. Nine absences or more per semester exceeds the 90% attendance requirement." I have never heard of schools in Texas allowing students to do a contract in order to go on a family trip, but your best bet if to contact the school that she would be attending directly and see what they say.

You are correct. Taking her out for 10 days for a vacation wouldn't leave any sick days for her. I remember my DD was sick a lot in first grade and missed a lot of school. We got a letter stating she may fail if she missed more. Fortunately she stayed well enough to complete the year without a problem.

texas68
04-12-2012, 08:37 PM
I think it will depend somewhat on which school district you will be in. We live in Houston -- a few years ago we took my daughter out for a week in 2nd grade to go to WDW; she took work with her and it worked out fine. But we are now in a different district, and it would be harder to miss a week. I think missing 2 weeks would be out of the question in any district. As far as I know, there is no equivalent to the contract you had in California.
Hope it works out and you have a great trip!

Sarasein
04-12-2012, 08:41 PM
oops, posted 2 times

TexasGirl
04-12-2012, 08:52 PM
We live in Tecas a have been in your shoes. I have a possible solution.

What our elementary school recommended and what we successfully did was unenroll her from school, and upon our return, re-enroll her.... And home school her during the trip.

This would never have crossed our mind but the school office recommended it.

You would of course need to talk to your specific school. This way there were zero unexcussed absences. They held her file and re enrolled her the mOrnIng we returned. Quick and easy.


Good luck!

catislander
04-12-2012, 09:03 PM
TexasGirl that sounds like a great option. We really don't want to have to give up this trip and we do A LOT to supplement her education already. The community where we live now is tourist driven and summer is the high season so the school is used to parents who need to find other ways to vacation. We're just trying to weigh all the options at this point.
I know I'll need to call the school district and talk with them about it. It's Wimberley ISD.

kmcford
04-12-2012, 09:11 PM
I'm not in Texas but as a teacher I say family time trumps school on special occasions. As long as the school won't fail her I say don't worry. Yes, the school will frown but we have kids who go to China, India, Guatemala for extended periods all the time. We do withdraw them so that it does not hurt the schools attendance rates. just explain the trip was planned long before you guys transferred there.

Pwac
04-12-2012, 09:27 PM
I live in Texas but my children aren't in public school so I don't have direct experience. However, my SIL wanted to travel with her son to Greece and her public school here told her the same as the PP--unenroll for the trip and then re-enroll when you get back. It sounds like a great trip and I'm sure you will have a wonderful time.

TXDCLfan
04-12-2012, 09:35 PM
Our daughter has always gone to private school and have always been able to take her out and as long as she completes the work they do not count it against her attendance:thumbsup2

ilovetexas
04-12-2012, 09:41 PM
I'm hoping cruisers with school-age kids in Texas can help me. We currently live in Southern California. Eight months ago, after talking with my daughter's current teacher (who she would most likely have for the next year as well) we booked the two-week Hawaiian cruise for October. Our plans were to do what's called a "contract" where the student does assigned work during the missed time. That way the school gets the money for the student and the student doesn't get too far behind. Our daugther's teacher was excited for us.
Now, due to some changes in life, we're talking about moving to Texas. This was a planned move, it's just happening sooner than planned.
I wanted to know from anyone with experience taking their kids out of school in Texas if the situation will be any different. Do Texas schools offer contracts? Do teachers frown on family vacations during the school year? Should I just home school my daughter for the next school year (sarcasm, I think)?
For what it's worth, my daughter will be in second grade and is an excellent student who works well independently.

You might have been being sarcastic, but that is exactly what I would do, if I could. Texas laws are pretty strict when it comes to attendance. I'm sure they can be enforced or not, depending on the administrator and the student. I'm not sure I would leave that to chance. If, after explaining the situation to the school principal, you can't get IN WRITING, that it's okay to have your daughter out of school for two weeks; homeschool her for the first half of the year.

You could be proactive and have a "plan" for her learning while on the cruise. Manners and etiquette while dining in a restaurant, exchange of money for purchases, history and culture of Hawaii, physical education daily (swimming, and whatever else the kids that age do on ships), art classes, time management (gotta make it to all those activities and movies!), experience with regional cuisine (eat some poi, YUCK!), visiting world famous sites (Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor, Punchbowl, etc.), seeing an active volcano. There are too many to list and perhaps the school administrator would find it easily justifiable to let her go.

The idea that a 2nd grader would actually learn more in public school than she could on a two week vacation is nonsense. I'm still mad that my husband won't allow me to homeschool our kids. I wish you luck!

KBT35
04-12-2012, 09:42 PM
Our trip isn't nearly as long as yours but I did check with his principal and teacher at the beginning of the school year to get approval. His school is EXTREMELY pro family and encourages vacations. I did plan for our trip to be towards the end of the year and AFTER standardized testing. May for us is a "throw away" month per the principal as its the last month of our school year. The principal & teacher agreed that so long as he journals his experience and shares it with the class it would be deemed an excused absence! :cool1: He LOVES to write about our trips so this will be easy for him! His teacher also offered extra credit if he took pictures of different angles for math!! He's a straight A student so he doesn't need the extra credit but I think it will be a cool activity for him!
All that said our trip is a total surprise for him & his teacher is in on it!! ;)

Also as for OP saying contract it sounds like she may be in a private school situation...so definitely check with your school for specific guidance.

Mickeyhugger
04-12-2012, 09:56 PM
You could be proactive and have a "plan" for her learning while on the cruise. Manners and etiquette while dining in a restaurant, exchange of money for purchases, history and culture of Hawaii, physical education daily (swimming, and whatever else the kids that age do on ships), art classes, time management (gotta make it to all those activities and movies!), experience with regional cuisine (eat some poi, YUCK!), visiting world famous sites (Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor, Punchbowl, etc.), seeing an active volcano. There are too many to list and perhaps the school administrator would find it easily justifiable to let her go.


Where do I sign my daughter for these classes?:thumbsup2 Manners and etiquette? Do some people even know what those ARE anymore?:sad2:

LoriABil
04-12-2012, 10:10 PM
Off Topic Rant: This is so frustrating to me! Kids can't get out of school for family time, even though the experiences the child would gain might be far more educational than doing worksheets while staring at the same 4 walls. Some school districts (speaking for TX here) only care about money. If the student isn't in class, the school doesn't get state funding.

Meanwhile, the kid in the next row can sleep through class, not turn in homework, and fail tests, yet the teachers have to find a way to pass them (per administrators). It is a messed up system. And it's almost every school district in the state.

Sorry, bad day. Student cheated on test, but I can't fail her. OP, TX does not do contracts that I've heard of, but I live the idea and think that if your teacher/admin gives you a hard time, you should counter with that idea.

Golden Rose
04-12-2012, 10:24 PM
Let me second that some Texas schools are super strict. I think there must be something that decreases their funding if kids miss school. I have a friend who was told that if her kids missed any more school, the school would call CPS on them. This was after she took her kids out for a single week to go to WDW. The kids in question were 4 and 6! I have another friend whose daughter was trapped overseas by the volcanic ash filling the air limiting flights back to the US, and the straight A student was almost flunked from her middle school class, and was not permitted to make up the work she missed, which seriously harmed her grades. (Two different Tx school districts, both completely unsympathetic to family vacations.)

We do a lot of vacations, usually a mix of during the summer and during the school year. Our son is at a private school that has been tremendously supportive of families who chose to take family vacations during the school year. We're lucky; a lot of private schools are equally unsympathetic.

Good luck with your chosen school, and don't be afraid to find creative solutions (like temporarily unenrolling) to allow your child to explore the world with you.

hood98
04-12-2012, 10:26 PM
We are also booked on this cruise in October. We are not in Texas, but our state (NV) has the same rule about only allowing 10 days of unexcused absences (no limit on excused absences). I am a bit stressed about my kids missing school (7th & 4th grade next year) but my husband is less so.
I do agree that family time is very important and once my oldest is in high school and then college, missing school will not be an option. This experience will be always remembered and we can work to make it educational by journaling and learning about the islands we visit... something that cannot be replicated in the classroom.

Jaxs27
04-12-2012, 10:41 PM
We live in Texas and we took our kids out last year for 5 days and we are also taking them out this year, in May for 5 days. Luckily my kids have only missed 1 unexcused absence this year. I will write a letter to the school and then tell their teachers. Last year their teachers were totally nice about it and didn't want them to do work while on the trip. Hopefully the teachers will be as nice this year. I figure we can only do this while they are in elementary school, but after that probably not.

wdw_monster
04-12-2012, 10:41 PM
i'm down here in san antonio and u can only miss 9 unexused days before they send u to court. i've had to go plenty times when i was in school lol i even got court ordered to go to ged classes. i have custody of my younger bro and when he was 7 i had to pay a fine cuz he missed 10 days. so be careful. with that said i only take him out of school no more then 5 days a year

SA53
04-12-2012, 10:55 PM
Don't Mess With Texas... That is basically how it goes here. It is all about funding. When my son had his appendix out he could only miss 2 days before his assignments would start counting as 0's... Here, 2nd graders have percentage grades already and anything they miss during unexcused absences count as zeros. Now, there are always pockets of schools that have a much mellower approach. The trick would be to feel that out when you got to your new school. On the bright side, my kids are getting a great education here in north SA!!! It is crazy living in Texas that I can't even cruise out of Galveston because the Magic is only here during the school year and then heads to NY in the summer when we could go. :confused3 I would love to cruise to Hawaii but will have to wait til my kids are out of school. I am braving Florida this July for the world and a cruise and I am scared of the heat, but happy I don't have to worry about missing school.

Good luck with your decision.

K in SA

OrcaPotter
04-12-2012, 11:04 PM
As a teacher, I would encourage any parent who wants to take their child out of school for an extended period for non-emergency reasons to know their child first. If you have an above-average level student and check with the teacher/school first, I say go for it. If you have a struggling student? You'd be doing your child a disservice, no matter how educational you believe touring ruins is or chatting with different nationalities.

I know if that unless I had extenuating circumstances, I wouldn't take my child out of school for more than a few days' time for family vacations. There are plenty of days throughout the year that kids are out of school. Of course, parent work schedules don't always agree. So if the middle of the school year is the only time my family could go? I'd do what I could to responsibly ensure my child is still prepared and on track with his/her education, then enjoy our family vacation.

You had this trip planned far in advance and had previously arranged to make up for the absence. If disenrolling your child is the only way to go? Go for it.

catislander
04-13-2012, 01:51 AM
Thanks everyone. I really appreciate all the feedback, it gives me a lot to think about. This trip was planned with school in mind and feedback from who we thought would be her teacher.
I agree with what many of the previous posters had mentioned about knowing your kid -- if our DD was struggling I never would have dreamed of booking this cruise in the first place.
We'll be finalizing our plans in the next couple of weeks, which will of course involve calling the school district. Frankly, it feels a little like the job interview when you have to confess that, if hired, you have a previously booked vacation that you can't get out of. <g>
If they balk, I'll bring up the idea of the un-enrolling. If worse comes to worst, I would consider homeschooling; although I can't believe that a school district would rather not have a student at all instead of just not having a student for two weeks.
I really want this move to be positive for my daughter and there's nothing like cancelling a very much anticipated trip to put a damper on a move. I realize we need to teach our kids that there's disappointment in life, but moving can be disruptive enough for children without it having a downside like that.
And hood98, hopefully we'll meet on the cruise -- there's a cruise meet group here and on facebook.
Thanks again everyone for the feedback. I haven't posted as often as I've lurked but I really appreciate everyone here on the Disboards.

Tonka's Skipper
04-13-2012, 08:35 AM
I'm hoping cruisers with school-age kids in Texas can help me. We currently live in Southern California. Eight months ago, after talking with my daughter's current teacher (who she would most likely have for the next year as well) we booked the two-week Hawaiian cruise for October. Our plans were to do what's called a "contract" where the student does assigned work during the missed time. That way the school gets the money for the student and the student doesn't get too far behind. Our daugther's teacher was excited for us.
Now, due to some changes in life, we're talking about moving to Texas. This was a planned move, it's just happening sooner than planned.
I wanted to know from anyone with experience taking their kids out of school in Texas if the situation will be any different. Do Texas schools offer contracts? Do teachers frown on family vacations during the school year? Should I just home school my daughter for the next school year (sarcasm, I think)?
For what it's worth, my daughter will be in second grade and is an excellent student who works well independently.



Dont worry about frowns, remember YOU are the parents.......not the school system, if you feel your kids grades are good enough and can afoford whatever number of days you want to take them out (IMO.....not to many makes good common sense), its up to you if you take them out or not!

I found out that frankly the school rules are not always legal or enforcable. We got the kids homework and had it all done before we returned, each time we went to WDW.....

Once the middle school principal didn't want to give us the homework, but his opinion was *adjusted* and all went well!


Have a great trip, whatever you decide!


AKK

Dallas_Lady
04-13-2012, 10:08 AM
I'm a teacher and taking a week off for a cruise during the school year just isn't happening. I'd hoped that the Magic would do 4 and 5 night cruises out of Galveston (like the Carnival ship does) especially since it's during the school year. That way, people would make a long weekend of it instead of having to miss a whole week. So, instead of being able to drive to Galveston, I've got to fly to Florida to be able to cruise during the summer.

(I am debating Spring Break 2014 if it's back for that year, though).

Mickeyhugger
04-13-2012, 10:29 AM
I'm a teacher and taking a week off for a cruise during the school year just isn't happening. I'd hoped that the Magic would do 4 and 5 night cruises out of Galveston (like the Carnival ship does) especially since it's during the school year. That way, people would make a long weekend of it instead of having to miss a whole week. So, instead of being able to drive to Galveston, I've got to fly to Florida to be able to cruise during the summer.

(I am debating Spring Break 2014 if it's back for that year, though).

Would it be possible for you to sail in spring break 2013? :) (Our family just booked the March 9th sailing, spring break week in Dallas.)

Dallas_Lady
04-13-2012, 10:39 AM
Would it be possible for you to sail in spring break 2013? :) (Our family just booked the March 9th sailing, spring break week in Dallas.)

No, we have some other things planned for then.

DizneGal
04-13-2012, 10:51 AM
I say, go with your gut, mama! You're the mama!!!

I'm in Texas and I will be pulling my 4th grader out of school for 6 days in December to go on our cruise. The school is just going to need to suck it up. I am one of those that feel that removing them from class to have a life experience with their family is worth the weight in absences and missed school work. I also speak from the side of a child who excels in school and pulling them out won't be detrimental to their education. I like the un-enrolling idea, and if push comes to shove, I will certainly do that. You would think it would be more of a hassle on their end to do that rather than just letting the unexcused absences go. But what do I know?! I'm just a parent. (insert sarcasm here.;))

kmcford
04-13-2012, 11:18 AM
Withdrawing and reenrolling a student is not really a big deal. Of course a school would rather do that but it is out of there hands. I don't know Texas law but a lot of state funding can be linked to ADA ( Average Daily Attendance). A school can also be identified as not proficienct if they drop below the acceptable level.

I know that in my district we have to report to our district office our attendance rate each day and then they have to report their attendance rate as a district to the state school board. In Kansas our funding is not based on ADA but right next to us Missouri is.

princesskenziesmom
04-13-2012, 12:11 PM
We live in San Antonio and we are pulling our kids for a week to go on a cruise in 12 days!! The teachers are fine with it, I haven't spoken to the Principal about it and to top it all off it's STAAR testing that week. You can't have more than 9 unexcused absences in a semester They won't give us any homework to take but my kids are both A and A/B honor roll so I'm not really too stressed. It's my decision ultimately and we did it when they were in First grade and we just received a letter saying that if they missed any more unexcused absences that we would have to go to court :rolleyes:

I think if you are going to do the trip, disenrolling them would be the best. Have a blast,,Hawaii is fantastic!!

Mamiamjo
04-13-2012, 12:34 PM
To the OP, call the school and explain the situation and see what they say. We only pulled our kids out once (for a week). They wouldn't even give us homework to do while we were gone, but family we have that lives in the neighboring ISD were able to get assignments and Homework to take with them :confused3

fatfish
04-13-2012, 03:03 PM
We are also in Texas, in a suburb of Houston. The state law here is very strict on the number of absences, as others have said. However, the law allows only 2 Unexcused absences a sememster and a total of 18 days absent for the school year. If a child has more than 18 days absent they have to repeat that grade, even if they have straight A's. You can petition this, but you better have good records to prove why the child was absent. I personally think this is a stupid law, but unfortunately they don't let me make the laws. :sad2:

DD has asthma, and it was really, really bad when she was in 1st grade. She came perilously close to those 18 days. Once we hit 9 days, we got a letter every time she missed a day. Luckily for us, the principal's daughter also had asthma, and she was very sympathetic. However, the attendance clerk at that time was old and cranky, and would regularly lecture parents that they had better not take their kids out of school so they could go to Disney World.

Having said that, we have regularly taken DD out of school a day before or after a school vacation or holiday. I just send a note saying DD was sick. This will work for a day or 2 but not a whole week. Also, we are on the Thanksgiving cruise this coming year. DD will be missing 2 days of school. It used to be the schools were closed the whole week of Thanksgiving, but now they are open Monday and Tuesday, but many, many kids are out. I have no problem with her missing those 2 days, and will likely send the "sick" note again. The school knows 99% of the kids out that week are not sick, but its just going to cause them more headaches to question it.

My point is that it depends upon the school, the school district and the teacher. You might do better in a face to face meeting where you can read the person you are speaking with. That can be hard to do over the phone. At least in our district, state funding is a big thing. Our school hates to hear that a child is leaving to be homeschooled. So, if your new school balks at the idea of taking your child out for the cruise, you might just mention that if its going to be a problem, you will just homeschool your child. That might be enough to get their attention.

Wimberely is outside of Austin, correct? Have you been there yet? You might want to get a feel for the town, and the attitudes of the people who live there. Ask some of your new neighbors how they would handle it. They'll have the best idea of how to approach the school.

And if all else fails, do as PP's have said and unenroll and then re-enroll your kids. I may try this in the future myself. ;)

Good luck to you and Welcome to Texas!!

peachygreen
04-13-2012, 03:44 PM
Each school district may vary slightly, but the Texas Education Code is linked below. Every district I have looked at makes reference to and closely mirrors what is written here.


http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.25.htm

The compulsory attendance policy basically states that a student can not miss more than 10 days or part of days in a 6 month period in the same school year or 3 days or part days in a 4 week period.

I was reminded of the policy after only 1 excused absense this year (not a formal warning but I was reminded of it by the school).

I do plan to take my daughter out of school for 3 days next year around Thanksgiving. We'll see how that plays out.

tiggerb
04-13-2012, 05:57 PM
wow... no offense to anyone who lives in TX (and have heard of other states too being quite strict), but I am glad to not have quite the severity/consequences as you have. I teach in one state and live in another.

At least in the 2 districts, we have not had a problem w/ me being off (unpaid) or my DSs missing school (and same for the students in the school I teach in. Our next trip is in the Fall '13 and oldest will be in 8th grade. It may be a bit more tricky and lots of work to make up (supposively they don't give work ahead of time --- at elementary level, just journal and a few things to make up). Probably our last trip during the school year, or they will miss a day or two since their district never gives them a full week off--- if a week's worth, it's the last part of one week and the few days of the next (tough to plan a one week vacation) :confused3.

Good Luck!

Jaxs27
04-13-2012, 07:14 PM
Each school district may vary slightly, but the Texas Education Code is linked below. Every district I have looked at makes reference to and closely mirrors what is written here.


http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.25.htm

The compulsory attendance policy basically states that a student can not miss more than 10 days or part of days in a 6 month period in the same school year or 3 days or part days in a 4 week period.

I was reminded of the policy after only 1 excused absense this year (not a formal warning but I was reminded of it by the school).

I do plan to take my daughter out of school for 3 days next year around Thanksgiving. We'll see how that plays out.

What does it mean by part of days? I've taken my dd out of school a few times, I didn't realize that counted.

ilovetexas
04-13-2012, 08:06 PM
wow... no offense to anyone who lives in TX (and have heard of other states too being quite strict), but I am glad to not have quite the severity/consequences as you have. I teach in one state and live in another.

At least in the 2 districts, we have not had a problem w/ me being off (unpaid) or my DSs missing school (and same for the students in the school I teach in. Our next trip is in the Fall '13 and oldest will be in 8th grade. It may be a bit more tricky and lots of work to make up (supposively they don't give work ahead of time --- at elementary level, just journal and a few things to make up). Probably our last trip during the school year, or they will miss a day or two since their district never gives them a full week off--- if a week's worth, it's the last part of one week and the few days of the next (tough to plan a one week vacation) :confused3.

Good Luck!

I think these policies are more common than we imagine. I live in GA and I copied this straight off the dds.gov website:

The DDS will suspend the license of a minor who:

2. Has ten or more school days of unexcused absences in the current academic year or ten or more school days of unexcused absences in the previous academic year.

Any infraction of the above conduct offenses will be a one-year suspension, or the minor shall be suspended until his or her eighteenth birthday, whichever comes first.

They aren't fooling around, either. I volunteer in the attendance office at my DD's high school and in order for the kids to go get a Learner's Permit or a Drivers License, we have to validate the information. If they violate the attendance rules, the info goes automatically to the government to suspend their license. All cruising with kids/kids missing school has to be done before high school here. I guess that's what we get for allowing the government to educate our children. :(

mmouseforpres
04-13-2012, 09:36 PM
As a school district employee in Texas, I can tell you that our schools are funded by average daily attendance (ADA). In addition, part of the state accountability system which rates our schools/districts uses daily attendance as a factor. So, anytime a student has absences his/her school loses money and the school's ranking could be lowered.

Like many people in Texas have already said, with the cruises out of Galveston only being during the school year, many Texas families won't be able to take part in cruises other than Thanksgiving, Christmas and Spring Break.

You may think the school district is being unfair, but we are following our state's laws when enforcing the attendance policy. If you don't like it, talk to your elected state officials.

buckeyemom16
04-14-2012, 12:07 AM
Having worked at an Educational Service Center (like a school board for the whole county) in Ohio, I will say that un-enrolling children might not solve any problems you may have. I did all the paperwork for the for the truancy office filing charges-- yep, against parents and/or children (if they were older). Our schools were not allowed to un-enroll someone officially until they received a request from another school. The suggestion from any school in any state to do this seems like a bit of a fishy way to get around that state's policies and may land you in hot water in the end. If the truancy officer is doing their job, you will get caught. There is still an unexplained gap in attendance whether the children are un-enrolled or not.

Also as the previous poster said, people may think this is unfair but the schools are rated for many things including their attendance. It is the law that children should be in school so many days per year and schools can lose certain funds/rankings if attendance rates are not met.

Duhey2
04-14-2012, 02:49 AM
Surprisingly, quite a few Houston peeps on here. For those that are familiar with the suburbs, does anyone have experience with CFISD?

We took our DD out for four days and her teacher told me she was fine with my letting her know, to notify the attendance office, and have a nice trip. She's a first grader so I can't imagine her missing much. While I value attendance, i also think quality of life and family time may be more important sometimes. I didn't realize all it took was nine absences to ge you in hot water. Maybe I shouldn't be a parent? :rotfl:

Dallas_Lady
04-14-2012, 10:52 AM
Surprisingly, quite a few Houston peeps on here. For those that are familiar with the suburbs, does anyone have experience with CFISD?

We took our DD out for four days and her teacher told me she was fine with my letting her know, to notify the attendance office, and have a nice trip. She's a first grader so I can't imagine her missing much. While I value attendance, i also think quality of life and family time may be more important sometimes. I didn't realize all it took was nine absences to ge you in hot water. Maybe I shouldn't be a parent? :rotfl:

I taught for CFBISD for several years, and we never made a big deal out of it, but that was years ago. I teach HS for Plano now and I had a girl gone for 5 days after spring break. It really does vary per district and campus as to whether they are going to be strict on enforcement or not.

designertravels
04-14-2012, 11:06 AM
Hi I live in Austin near Wimberly. Austin is very strict. I'm not sure about Wimberly, but probably the same. In Austin, even 2 days absent and pulling your kids out a couple hours early (counted as tardy) will get you the nasty note from the district threatening of a fee. It depends on the teacher's here for the make up work. I have twins in elementary school, and one teacher sent my child with no homework and the other loaded her up. We have never missed more than 3 days for a cruise.

For the Hawaii cruise you will need to withdraw from school then enroll again. The school will help you, just give them a heads up. We have never done that, but a couple friends have.

All that being said, welcome to TX! PM me when you get here and I'll help you out.

Jill