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What Absenses Are Excused at Your Kids School??

My daughter will start kindergarden in the fall. MY husband and I were discussing vacations once we have a school age child. I think it is OK to take the child out of school for a family vacation. I think that the absense might even be excused by the school. I know that I have to talk to my school to find out what the policy is ..but I was wondering what other schools policy is..

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Personally, I don't believe in taking children out of school for vacations unless it's only one or two days before a school vacation week. They miss too much - even in elementary school (except right before a school vacation).
As for absences - with a doctor's note, you are excused -- but you still have to make up the work. If it is for a school function - you are excused, but you have to make up the work missed. If you are out for a vacation, you need to speak with each teacher, but you will not be excused.
YMMV
LBC

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At an elementary school level taking a child out of school for a family vacation is allowed, but frowned upon. Personally, I did it every year from K - 5.

High school is a whole another world. Other than a school related activity, death in the family or medical excuse signed by a doctor are the only forms of an excused absense. You miss 6 days in a semester (1/2 year) you will not receive credit for that class.

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I take my kindergartener out whenever i want (not very often). He was out for a week when my father died, and out for a few other things. Lots of kids at his school are taken out for international travel. It seems to be fine with the school, and my son is doing well academically. I would not hesitate to take him out for a special family vacation, but i do speak to his teachers to get his readers and worksheets.

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Please ITS kindergarten. You think she'll miss a couple pop quizzes and a calculus exam?? Dont push the teacher to send home work, but find out are they working on counting by fives or money or ? Spend ten minutes a day working on reading and math. Check with your school over how many absenses are allowed per year, check with other parents to see if the school really is strict with their policy. IT will get harder to pull them the older they get so enjoy the younger years, after K look at your individual child, are they struggling to keep up in any subjects? (S., K teacher)

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We don't take our kids out of school for vacation - they aren't there enough anyway - between Monday's being half days (0830 to 1230) and teacher work days - education is important.

If you are going during Spring Break - the Thursday or Friday before the vacation or the Monday - Tuesday - after is understandable...but to take a week off in the middle of school? Nope, not for me.

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I don't believe in taking children out of school for vacation they get enough time off with holidays and vacation.
Our school only excuses absences that have doctors notes and you are only allowed 5 unexcused before your child is written up get 10 and they don't have to pass you. The kids have a lot more work to do than we had growing up. If she misses a week of school she will miss a lot and fall behind.

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Missing school for a day, no big deal. Missing for a week is a mistake. Each week builds on the previous in every grade. Kinder isn't just playtime like it was when I was a kid. I don't know about other states, but they learn A LOT in kindergarten where we live!!

Your district probably has their policy regarding absences online.

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Personally, I don't believe in taking children out of school for vacations unless it's only one or two days before a school vacation week. They miss too much - even in elementary school (except right before a school vacation).
As for absences - with a doctor's note, you are excused -- but you still have to make up the work. If it is for a school function - you are excused, but you have to make up the work missed. If you are out for a vacation, you need to speak with each teacher, but you will not be excused.
YMMV
LBC

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most of them have a zero tolerance policy. personally i think it's ridiculous. our children are OURS, not the schools', and for them it's a financial more than an educational issue. obviously if your kids are in public school, it's beneficial for them to be there, but parents are the final word and if something that benefits the family outweighs a few days of school, it should be the parents' decision.
but refusing to assign sovereign rights over my kids was one of the reasons i decided to homeschool.
good luck!
:) khairete
S.

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It's kindergarten. At DS's kindergarten (it's a Montessori) travelling is looked at as an opportunity for the kids and not at all discouraged. They work at their own pace so they can't actually fall behind anyway. Um, how far behind can you fall in regular kindergarten anyway - take your trips. At the public school he will attend for first grade - 'pre approved educational travel' is an 'allowed' excuse. We will be pulling him out of school for travel in the future - my parents did the same when we were kids.

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This is a hot button topic. I think most schools now are very against children being excused for vacations, and there have even been reports of families running into trouble for things like scheduled surgery and medical care.

Your best bet is to go to your district's website and see specifically what their policies are. No need to have truancy problems right out of the starting gate!

To see blogs of parents sharing their personal experiences, or to read news stories about districts that have accused parents of truancy or even fined them for pulling their kids out for vacation see:

http://gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/2011/06/family-trip...

http://napavalleyregister.com/news/national/article_889c2...

http://www.mouseowners.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20824&...

http://blogs.wsj.com/juggle/2007/09/05/pulling-kids-out-o...

http://www.advantagepress.com/newsletters/nov06news.asp

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/855779...

http://nfpf.blogspot.com/2011/05/we-are-collecting-storie...

http://www.fodors.com/community/travel-tips-trip-ideas/pu...

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