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UKTim
17-02-2011, 11:47 AM
Another problem we have, the prices in school holiday time are just outrageous.

We've been told in a letter to all parents that absence for holidays will not be granted and our first feeling is who the heck are they to grant us anything anyway. Dont they work for us as public sector workers?

Anyway emotion aside, we're debating whether the children would get more out of school at a winding down date close to school holidays or more from disney with the extra money we can spend there if we save by going at that time.

How bad would it be if they have unauthorised absence on their record? I mean employers wont see it or care, would universities really care about a 2 week holidays?

lozzy
17-02-2011, 12:08 PM
We have always taken our children during school time and it was only our last trip in November that my eldest had his holiday refused by the school, we still took him and the school did send a letter but we haven't had any come back from it.
We were hoping to go back to Florida next year during the school summer holidays because our eldest son has just picked his options and we really didn't want to take him out of school, but after looking at this years prices we might have to rethink.

Tinkfan
17-02-2011, 12:58 PM
I think it depends on the age of your child. If they do well as a whole and are in the lower grades then we would take them for vacation. Once they hit high school that was a different story.

arkvilla
17-02-2011, 02:15 PM
We always take them end of August beginning of Sept and they usually miss the first week back in school - with 5 of us the price is really high and economically it makes better sense - they are always unauthorised but we don't get a letter or anything it's just on their end of year report as unauthorised.

I know lost of people disagree with taking children out of school but we have never found it has held ours back at all

Sandra

ukwdwnut
17-02-2011, 04:00 PM
we have always taken ours out of school, i agree with you who the heck are they to say if we can or cant, i think they learn more anyway as its life learning. we always went end of october so one week would always be in term time. its different if they are at an age when they are doing coursework for gcse' but if its at a time when its not as important time in the term then id say do it, it up to you what you do

so id defo take them out :yes:

Dawn
17-02-2011, 04:58 PM
[quote="ukwdwnut, post: 245163"]we always took our out of school, i agree with you who the heck are they to say if we can or cant, i think they learn more anyway as its life learning. QUOTE]

Harsh :shrug:

I work in a school. I see kids that are struggling in school taken away for two weeks on holiday so they fall further behind and then the parents blame the school because their kids are failing.

I agree it's your choice. Just don't blame us if your child falls behind. We can't teach them if they are not there.

Kate
17-02-2011, 06:20 PM
I think these things need to be thought out in advance, if its an important time for them or are missing lessons in the run up to exams or something then i dont think its a good idea to take them out, otherwise id have no problems taking dd out of school for a couple of weeks

Claire
17-02-2011, 06:43 PM
Tough choice. I see both sides but having worked in a school before and hoping to again in the near future I'm always amazed at how much work children do in one day alone. Times that by ten and that is a lot of work missed. I've seen many times the general advice is if you are going to do it try to do it at the end of a school year.

lisaw
17-02-2011, 11:16 PM
I have in the past taken them out of primary school for four days before the October half term to make a two week holiday. Now DS is at secondary I wouldn't personally take him out of school for holidays any more, that said he may in the next couple of years have the opportunity to travel with his sport and if that is the case then I would let him go and the school seems OK with this anyway going by other students experiences and they are encouraged to write up their experience.

chief
18-02-2011, 10:24 AM
my kids school just says put your hoilday dates in writing although they will not authorise it they dont say anything or refuse it, i have taken them out of school because children need education and life experiences!

Kate
18-02-2011, 12:12 PM
Also, i think it depends on how often you go, if you are lucky enough to afford a couple of trips a year or maybe even once a year then you need to think about it more and go in the holidays.

ukwdwnut
18-02-2011, 04:22 PM
[quote="ukwdwnut, post: 245163"]we always took our out of school, i agree with you who the heck are they to say if we can or cant, i think they learn more anyway as its life learning. QUOTE]

Harsh :shrug:

I work in a school. I see kids that are struggling in school taken away for two weeks on holiday so they fall further behind and then the parents blame the school because their kids are failing.

I agree it's your choice. Just don't blame us if your child falls behind. We can't teach them if they are not there.

if you read my post correctly you would see i only ever taken them out for 5 days, as the rest is in holiday time

also

to answer your other dont blame us if your kids fall behind....i think mine are doing really well

lauren has had her own business in the west midlands when she lived up there for four years...now has one here, and after two years only after her accountant said be prepared to lose money first year, break even second year and make a small profit third year well in her 2nd year her turnover is close to 50k which i think for missing 16 days school overall is really good.

michael is at uni and doing very well thank you

didnt hurt them any did it :D

and my last point is

i dont see you saying what you said to me to the original poster, so WHY say it to me????

i also work in a school and it hasnt hurt any of the students education whatsoever

Claire
18-02-2011, 04:45 PM
I might be wrong Mick but I think the part Dawn thought was harsh was where you said they "learn more" and not the rest of your post. As I say though, I might be totally wrong!

keith
18-02-2011, 05:13 PM
yep just a quick friendly reminder to all :)

It's fine to robustly argue for/against a point but nothing less than utmost respect and curtesy must be shown to fellow forum members.

This is a "no digs allowed" forum. Lets keep it nice, friendly and somewhere we can all think of as our happy place when we can't be at Disney :yes:

Thanks all :hug2:

Dawn
18-02-2011, 06:05 PM
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i dont see you saying what you said to me to the original poster, so WHY say it to me????

Because the original poster didn't use an aggressive tone and get all uppity about it. And they used capital letters and full stops. :taunt:

daveann
18-02-2011, 06:40 PM
always took my kids out of school on holidays and had school question this but im affraid its all well and good say go in school holidays but when your husband works 18 hour days during summer holidays and easter holidays and other school holidays are busy times when you have your own buisness it isnt always so easy so when it came down to it it was either go away in a quiet time for our buisness or not have a holiday. cowns need milked 365 days a year and crops grow in other times so for us it wasnt even an option.

mumof2
18-02-2011, 07:33 PM
I have taken my children in term time 2 or 3 times.

I spoke with teachers or head teachers, working around what they were doing at school and went in July when they were winding down for the holidays, apart from WDW when we went in June.

Again, this was checked prior to arranging and the school was absolutely fine about it.

Once my eldest started high school though we stopped and went on less expensive holidays in August, my youngest is going to high school in September so still no more term time holidays for us!

Britchick
18-02-2011, 08:41 PM
I have taken them out a couple of times in secondary school, once for a close friends bah mitzvah in 2007, 3 days before the end of term in 2009 and a week at the beginning of term next school year, yes I know it's not ideal but I can't get 2 weeks together in the summer hols as there are too many people at work fighting over leave. I really don't think you can say a theme park holiday quantifies as an educational trip, yes there are some things to learn but a weeks worth? :unsure:. I do really value travel in the upbringing of my children though.

I believe in a parents right to make these decisions for themselves, some children it won't affect, others it could cause problems in their academic work. I don't think I would support having more than 2 weeks off extra a year though unless it was something like spending a month with a hill tribe or something :yes: