Was this teacher out of line? *ETA* Is missing 5 days really that big of a deal?
First off, let me make it very clear that I understand school is very important, dd had perfect attendance last year. We have never taken missing school lightly. I checked the schools policy on pre arranged absences and the student are allowed 5 days of pre-arranged absences a year. So technically I am following policy.
However, I'm now considering leaving DD. Is missing 5 days of first grade really going to put her that far behind if I can obtain all or at least some of her school work from the teacher?
DD is 7, and in 1st grade. We have to go out of town for a family reunion/memorial for an elderly relative who passed and is having their ashes spread. It's 800 miles away & in 2 weeks.
I wrote letters to the principal and the teacher explaining she would be out that week and the day she would return to school, and sent them in today.
Her teacher asked her, a 7 year old, "Why does this have to be during school?"
DD didn't know what to say, and why should she? I'm a little irritated, considering at the bottom I wrote, "Please let me know if I can provide any more information" and left my phone number and email address.
I'm considering sending an email, asking her to direct all questions to me and not my dd, and cc'ing the principal.
Am I overreacting or would that be an appropriate response? *ETA* I'm not going to say anything, it's very possible she was just thinking out loud and I understand her being frustrated.**