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Old 07-06-2009, 11:41 PM   #16
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We did it with our kindergartener last year and I won't do it again. It feels like everyone in the world does it, but our school system is ridiculously strict and we had to have an attendance intervention meeting, where we had to sign a contract that states if our daughter has any unexcused absences or tardies within one year we will first be referred to the district for further penalties. It happens again, we'll have to appear in family court. It still makes me SO mad. 1) Our policy is 10 unexcused days. Our trip required missing 4 1/2. 2) We're under the microscope for 1 full year. This makes me insane because the policy is a school year poilcy. It should have ended when school finished this year.

I don't regret our choice to go because we had the opportunity to go with my parents. My dad was gravely ill, but somehow managed the travel and parks. Four months later, he died. The school system can, basically, suck it. Though I can't say I would do it again without there being some hugely special circumstance. What I did learn through this all, though, is that if my daughter had missed two or less consecutive days there would be no problem.

This is really frightening! This is America for God's sake! Family court! Like you guys are some crack addicts! Let them try to take you to Family court, then go to the media and talk about how you are forced to appear at family court because you took your family to WDW. I'll bet the district would back off real fast. I think it is a bluff to scare parents into not taking vacations during the school year. (funding) You are the parent, you make the decision.

I would think the conservative climate in South Carolina would favor the parent. We are in Southern California and they allow 10 absences per semester, and if you go past that they can lower you student's grade if they see it affecting performance. (this is a more resonable policy) I am wondering what would have happened at the "attendance intervention" meeting if you had refused to sign the "contract" Would they have taken your kids away BECAUSE OF A WDW FAMILY VACATION!

I am really irritated by this because I see parent's rights eroding more and more in the public school system. Here is yet another example.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:31 AM   #17
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Wow! I can't beleive that you are not allowed to take your own children out of school! As a parent I would be very angry if someone told me that I could not take my kids out of school for a family vacation. We are taking our kids out for 11 days this year and we took them out for 12 last year.
I called the principal at the end of this school year to let him know ( we are leaving the 2nd week after school starts, so I wanted to give him a heads up) and he told me that of course it was ok. He said that they are MY children and as a parent it is MY right to decide. He said that experiences in life and with family ( such as vacations) are just as important as classroom experiences. He said that he wished he could come with us because it sounds like such fun and that my kids were very lucky.
We are from Canada and my kids go to a French first language school, and are in a seperate school board ( French School Board ), so I am not sure if all of the schools in Canada are like this but we do not have any rules, that I am aware ( unless they stopped showing up without a reason) of for taking kids out of school, as long as they are receiving good grades.
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:49 AM   #18
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We've only done it once but I took my kindergartener and 3rd grader out for a week last year. It was so worth it and I didn't have trouble from either school. My son's 3rd grade teacher was so happy for him and he was not an A student.
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Old 07-07-2009, 10:06 AM   #19
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This is really frightening! This is America for God's sake! Family court! Like you guys are some crack addicts! Let them try to take you to Family court, then go to the media and talk about how you are forced to appear at family court because you took your family to WDW. I'll bet the district would back off real fast. I think it is a bluff to scare parents into not taking vacations during the school year. (funding) You are the parent, you make the decision.

I would think the conservative climate in South Carolina would favor the parent. We are in Southern California and they allow 10 absences per semester, and if you go past that they can lower you student's grade if they see it affecting performance. (this is a more resonable policy) I am wondering what would have happened at the "attendance intervention" meeting if you had refused to sign the "contract" Would they have taken your kids away BECAUSE OF A WDW FAMILY VACATION!

I am really irritated by this because I see parent's rights eroding more and more in the public school system. Here is yet another example.
Thank you! In hindsight my hubby and I wondered what would have happened if we refused to sign the contract. I get it that school attendance is important. We're definitely not a set of paernts who take that lightly. Our daughter had doctor's notes for every other absence she had, plus she was an excellent student. We gave lots of notice about WDW vacation, so there was no trying to get by with anything.

I jokingly said I sat in some stunned silence at the meeting, but if we were called into one from the district, I would walk in with a LOT to say. And honestly, that's still a possibility since our contract goes into January 2010. I can't say our daughter will have no unexcused absences or tadies before then. I mean heck, while it's not happened yet, sometimes alarm clocks malfunction. Or maybe one day she'll have a potty issue just before leaving and we'll be 2 minutes late. Off to an escalation in the process for me, I guess. It's such complete bull and makes me MAD! But with that all said, it's been stressful for me and I'm not sure we'll do it again. And after years and years of off-season trips to the World, that's painful! LOL

And just for fun, our school's policy states that promotion is in jeopardy after 10 unexcused days. We only had 4 1/2 and those days were the week before Christmas break. One day was "Pajama Day" and another was the holiday party. We hardly missed lots of hardcore educational time. Plus...we're less than half-way to breaking the official rule. Yet, our hands were majorly smacked.

Sorry to hijack this post to vent. OP, I would just recommend really really knowing the consequence of taking your child out of school. Call them and ask and then make a decision. Most folks I talk too (even a school within our own distrcit. Grrrr) don't have such big consequences. Had I know ours did, I wonder if I would have planned differently. In the end, though, our trip was a beautiful and memory-filled week with my parents. My children will always have that time with my dad, whom I miss more than words can express. So basically, our school system can suck it as far as I'm concerned. No regrets.
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Old 07-07-2009, 12:24 PM   #20
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My parents never hesitated!!

As I was growing up, I remember being taken out of school for two weeks at a time, just about every year. We had to take school work with us and it just had to be completed before we got back. I would always try to do mine on the trip up in the RV so I could enjoy the rest of the trip. I was a very good student though. If my children were struggling, then I would think twice about it, or at least make sure they missed as little as possible. But I agree with many others here - they are YOUR kids, not theirs. (just getting into the mood of that last satement...)

Enjoy your trip - have fun! After all, it too is educational. (just catch exhibits as well as rides)

Oh yeah, someone said if they try to take you to family court, contact the media and explain how the school is penalizing you for taking your child on an "educational" family vacation.
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:18 PM   #21
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Couldn't agree more. My kiddos are in public school, but before reading these boards, I had never heard of such a thing. It seems completely rediculous to me, and I'm very thankful that I've never had to encounter this type of situation. I pulled my 1st grader out last year for a week to go to Disney and we'll be doing it again this Sept. I really don't think I'd be able to deal with a school district that had that type of attitude. I wrote my DS's teacher a note last year about 2 weeks before we left, to let her know, and asked if there was work we could do beforehand. My DS's teacher told us to have a great time and that we'd get him caught up when we got back. We did and he'll be in 2nd grade next year.
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Old 07-07-2009, 02:13 PM   #22
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Check to see if there is an Educational Enhancement Opportunity (EEO) form available at the school. If there is, do one. Once it's approved, the missed days are excused, and your child will not be counted absent. The school will lose no money either since the child is technically being educated.
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:08 PM   #23
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We have always taken our 4 out of school. My husbands job requires that we take our vacations in winter and so we opted for WDW in Jan or Feb most every year. Now that our oldest is a sophomore in high school, it really is now becoming too big of a burden for him to miss that much school - now we go over Christmas break.

Looking back on first grade? I wouldn't give it another thought - go on your vacation.
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:17 PM   #24
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Go ahead and take the kids out

If you let your younger ones know about the Disney trip it will encourage them to not miss school! If they know that by attending classes and not missing it will give them the chance to hang out with Mickey and the gang it is more of a reason for them not to miss early on in the school year!!
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:42 PM   #25
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I work for the school board and that is very extreme. We do contact the authorities after 13 unexcused, consecutive absences. Usually the children take work with them. The only time it becomes a real issue is if the children are struggling to begin with or if the parents expect the teacher to catch them up during recess and lunch. Grade 1? Go for it. As they get older it becomes more difficult. Of course the teacher can give them the assignments they missed but can you, the parent, teach them how to do the assignments? That's where I had trouble. My daughter missed a week of lessons and we had trouble helping her out. Yes, it's true, my grade 9 science didn't quite cut it. LOL
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:05 PM   #26
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Disney Trip!!!!!

I would book the trip in Jan and see how the first half of school goes. We get 10 unex. and 10 ex. I bring my daughters work every year with us. She is now going in second grade and we are going again this year. She will miss 4 days.
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Old 07-08-2009, 09:44 AM   #27
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I may not agree with it, but your school's policy seems very clear to me. I would hate to use up all my absences and then have something else very important come up that I needed to use another absence for. I would go for August. Your DH will understand.
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Old 07-08-2009, 11:41 AM   #28
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take your child out of school, they are not missing much in 1st grade, HS would be different. We go every other September and have this year a 3rd and 1st grader. Heck my wifes a teacher and she takes off school too....
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