We took our son and daughter out of school for a week to go to WDW. I spoke to my daughter's principal and the administrator of my son's special needs school; both public schools. I explained to them both that my son's combination of conditions (Asperger's, epilepsy) make it impossible for us to take him to WDW during the Summer, Thanksgiving, Christmas or Spring breaks, which are the only times during the school year with more than a day off. Either the crowds would make him freak out and flee (we've lost him in crowds before, for as long as 40 minutes) or the heat would contribute to his seizures. They both agreed that we should go and enjoy ourselves, but not take more than 5 days off. I made sure that I wouldn't be taking either one out during testing or any other critical times. Yesterday I got "the letter" from my daughter's assistant Principal stating that we are in violation of the law, guilty of a misdemeanor and if convicted will face: 30 days in prison, fine of up to $100, community service or a combination of the above. Now I don't want suggestions. I already know what I'm going to do. I just want to vent. Much is made in this fair country of ours about "family values" Yet my kids go to school all day, come home and do their homework, get about one hour to play then must come in to take a shower, help get ready for dinner, eat dinner, clean up from dinner, then it's bedtime. I know all parents aren't like this, but my kids have from 7:30 to 8:00 PM to get ready and get in bed. Where is their family time? If you look at pictures of my son from any other time, he's either making a ridiculous face and pose, or frowning. Look at the pics from our recent trip and he's smiling a genuine smile. And having that time with both of them, away from the demands of our lives was priceless. It let us all really enjoy being with each other. I really do understand that education is important. What I don't agree with is threatening imprisionment to parents of special needs kids for spending a carefully thought out five days away from school when there was really no other alternative. Thanks for letting me vent. And if I could figure out how to insert a picture of his happy face, I would.