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Old 10-03-2012, 02:01 PM   #1
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Jetblu has their June calendar out. I can save $240 if I leave 2 days before planned. That means the kids will miss the last 2 days of school. They will miss snow days anyway, but we are not worried so much about that.
I guess I am asking how do teachers feel about kids missing the last 2 days of school and snow days?
I really won't be saving money in the sense that If I leave 2 days early I will have to pay for a hotel. I guess I would rather spend the money being in Disney 2 days longer than on airfare.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:06 PM   #2
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Don't know how the teachers feel about it. I would ask your kids, mine wouldn't care, but some kids might. I feel the entire last month are more about marking time & playing games than learning. We take finals with over 3+ weeks left to go.....and then wonder why parents feel school is marking time to hit 180 days for state aid.
Do your kids have 1/2 or full days that last week? Might also make a difference, as that also isn't stabdardized....
Good luck, we have booked for last day before, only to have last day scrubbed & not needed to miss.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:09 PM   #3
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My husband is a teacher and by the last few days of school he'd be fine if no one showed up! As long as the kids don't mind and they're not missing any final tests, I wouldn't worry about it at all.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:16 PM   #4
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not a teacher, but a sister of a teacher & have been a room mom many times. last few days of school were early dismissal days & mostly cleaning days. Besides the days of cleaning out desks, lockers, closets, we had a party. It was not unusual to see 1 or 2 or 3 students absent from those final days of school.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:30 PM   #5
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Academically they will miss nothing. I would book it and not worry about it. Even if the kids might whine a bit over missing the last few days activities, this is one of those things, I as a parent would over rule. If however, you feel otherwise, I would at least consult the kids for their opinion. The earlier you can go, the lower the crowds and the temps!
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:04 PM   #6
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Thanks everybody, I will ask the kids their opinion. At least I feel a little better about it now.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:59 PM   #7
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My husband is a teacher and by the last few days of school he'd be fine if no one showed up! As long as the kids don't mind and they're not missing any final tests, I wouldn't worry about it at all.
I'm with your husband! By the last week of school I'm begging my kids to stay home About half the class does, the rest are ALWAYS there, even when they're sick.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:55 PM   #8
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Another thing our school does is their awards ceremony and DD never wants to miss that. We usually leave at 7:00 am the day following the last day.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:02 PM   #9
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Our kids have final tests the day before the last dayof school, this is in elementary. They dont turn grades in until that afternoon and report cards are mailed a week or so school is out.

Check with the school. As long as they aren't missing any finals, i wouldnt hesitate to,do it.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:43 PM   #10
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It really depends. Here grades are in long before the last few days. We even get the report cards before the last day. They have a party, clean their classroom, get extra outside time, do busy work and watch movies. It all feels like a giant waste of time to be honest. If the kids are excited about being there for these things I would listen to them for sure.. but I know Disney would win hands down in this house.
Now that dd is in High School they are getting ready for exams or having exams so it's a different story and she can't miss any days.
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My "kids" range in age from 31-37. We always took them out of school for vacations (sometimes to WDW). If you ask them what they were doing on a school day in 1992, they have no idea. But they remember all the wonderful vacation days they had, and the family memories. They are all happy, successful adults. I don't discount what they learned in school, but I am sure those solid happy family memories contributed more to their well-being. In the grand scheme of things, it's the memories that count.
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Totally depends on how old your kids are. Our high school has finals through the last day of school. You miss a final - you get a zero - the only exception is a doctors note and then it has to be Okayed by the principal.
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Totally depends on how old your kids are. Our high school has finals through the last day of school. You miss a final - you get a zero - the only exception is a doctors note and then it has to be Okayed by the principal.
Our last two days are also final exams and you can not miss them and keep your grade up!
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Totally depends on how old your kids are. Our high school has finals through the last day of school. You miss a final - you get a zero - the only exception is a doctors note and then it has to be Okayed by the principal.
This is true of my DD's school as well. It also depends on their attendance throughout the rest of the year. I believe only so many days can be missed at a lot of schools. As others have said; ask your children's opionions. My DD9 has requested me not to pull her out of school any more. So, only summer and school vacations for me.

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I don't think that any teacher would mind at the end of the year. I've always have taken my daughter out of school for any Disney trip we have taken. First time she was in 5th, 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th. She was a good student and her work was always done. The months have been Feb. Sept. and Dec. We love to go the first week of Dec. It is the cheapest and less crowds. And I'm also for saving money.
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