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Old 10-03-2012, 08:55 PM   #16
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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   #17
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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   #18
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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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Old 10-04-2012, 08:43 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by Kristibo42 View Post
I don't think that any teacher would mind at the end of the year.

How can you believe this? All teachers are different and schools have different policies. Additionally, OP was asking about missing the last two days of school, not taking kids out of school during the school year.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:41 AM   #20
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During the last two days kids don't do too much work anyway. I would go for it. Usually the last few days are spent doing fun things such as activities, movies and preparing to pack up the classroom.
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:27 PM   #21
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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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It is going to depend on your school. Here, finals are the last week for middle and high schoolers. The last 3 days of school are half days, Tues & Wed for finals and Thurs for make-ups and locker cleanout. The only day that can really be missed is the very last day and that only if you're 100% sure they won't miss one of their Tues/Wed finals. The last week of the year is right there with MEAP testing and count days in the handful of times our school isn't flexible about family vacations.

That said, if snow day makeups are needed those are just wasted days tacked on to the end of the year and don't effect the finals schedule, so at least planning the vacation for right after the school year ends is a safe bet rather than being dependent upon the winter weather.
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