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Old 04-07-10, 01:01 PM
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Do you all take your kids out of school for vacations?
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Old 04-07-10, 01:14 PM
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No we schedule around summer, fall, winter and spring breaks. You are only allowed a handful of unexcused days and to be honest they have about 25 days of holidays through the school year off plus the whole summer.
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Old 04-07-10, 01:20 PM
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Since DH is a teacher we really can't on all fronts. LOL!

That being said if my kids were doing well and it was a once in a lifetime type of thing I would have no problem pulling my kids out. Only if it was less than 3-4 days though and only if they were doing well academically.

Preschool I had no problem keeping them home but now that DD is in elementary I would be more hesitant.

My biggest pet peeve with DH's job (besides the lower pay) is that he can't take time off since he has July and August off already. I'm not a fan of traveling in the heat of summer. I need a break in the dead of winter to get away from the cold weather we get. LOL! In the summer our weather here is great so no need to escape.

I know you guys like to take trips and I love that. I think it is great and broadens a childs horizons and makes them more adaptable.

We definitely miss the get up and go part of having younger kids not in school.
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Old 04-07-10, 11:55 PM
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As a rule, NO WAY! I can't -- I'm a teacher.

I did "let" DH take the boys to Florida for 5 days in March because his parents paid for it all. J missed 3 days of school and did all his work while visiting with Nana who is a retired teacher.

As a teacher, it really messes with me. I know not all families can go over school breaks, but it is a huge hassle to get work together for so many kids traveling out of school for different days and help them catch up with other stuff when they get back. HUGE HASSLE!!!!
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Old 04-08-10, 10:16 AM
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We pulled DS out of school (kindergarten) for 4 days in December to go to Disney World. I feel as a parent, it is my choice. My son is doing well in school ( so far) and as long as that continues, if I chose to pull him out for a family vacation, I will. I asked the teacher to send home all the worksheets and stuff before we left and we spent 2 days before the trip working on all of it. She also asked us to do a little journal of each day's experience and DS presented it as a book report like to the class upon returning. So I think that it was all fine.
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