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Old 10-03-2012, 01:01 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, 01:06 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, 01:09 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, 01:16 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, 01:30 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, 02:04 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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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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Depends on the school. Unless they have tests, the school likely won't care at all. DD is in elementary and she would not be happy about missing the last couple of days of school because they schedule fun things the whole last week. One of the last couple of days they have a big party for all the kids who have birthdays in the summer. Now, even with the fun things, I'm guessing if I told her she had a choice between those last 2 days or WDW for 2 extra days, there is a good chance WDW might win out!
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Depends on the school. Unless they have tests, the school likely won't care at all. DD is in elementary and she would not be happy about missing the last couple of days of school because they schedule fun things the whole last week. One of the last couple of days they have a big party for all the kids who have birthdays in the summer. Now, even with the fun things, I'm guessing if I told her she had a choice between those last 2 days or WDW for 2 extra days, there is a good chance WDW might win out!

With my daughter WDW would win!!! We are huge Disney fan. I think Mickey was one of her first words. LOL

You can also celebrate your daughters B-day at Disney. Do you know about the B-day pin?? You can get one at your resort. My daughters B-day is Dec 28 so she always feels cheated at that time until we went to WDW. We got her a B-day pin and celebrated the whole week. One day we counted how many times someone said happy B-day to her. It was over 1000.
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It depends on where you live. You will have to check with your schools.

Around here it would be a big problem since that is when finals take place in the middle and high schools. And they don't let you take them early so it would be a no go for my family.
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We also have finals the last 2 days of school so being absent would be a problem.
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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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