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Got a letter from the principal ::edit in blue::

From what I can assess, it's a generic letter, but was wondering your take on it. 

This year, my son has been absent 14 times and tardy 3 times. He had the flu in November so he was out for a week that time, all other days missed were him feeling sick. The tardies are appointments. But the principal just sent home a basic letter of concern to let us know that he shouldn't be missing any more school if we can help it because it will hinder his education. He's in 1st grade.

In May, we were thinking of taking a long weekend and going out of state for vacation. My husband took the time off work but now I'm debating if we should let him miss 1-2 days of school for vacation. Would you take him out of school for a day or two for vacation, or just try to do vacation another time (like summer break)

Edit: We have decided to do a day trip that weekend so we can just go on Saturday and have a long day and then he has Sunday to rest before going back to school

by on Apr. 5, 2013 at 10:26 PM
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by on Apr. 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM
Just an FYI anytime you post something people want to know the back story to it. Op you mention your kid being absent therefore we want to know why. YOU mention that other kids got him sick,that's where the whole debate started. Had you not made that assumption the "where he caught" debate would not have started. In Cm land anything you say can and will be used against you lol.

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by Member on Apr. 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM
Obviously situations like that I can understand. I have had to finagle with my son's specialists too.

His orthodontist has a point system for patients to earn prizes. i LOVE him and he is great. However, he offers points for booking appointments during school hours. I let him know while it was cool. He said it was to encourage business more in the day because it slow, especially in the mornings. I told him to think about it, morning appointments mean parents miss work all day and sometimes they kids too. He has now changed his hours so he spends mornings with his own kids and comes in after he takes them to preschool. How wife picks them up for dinner and he is home for bedtime. One day a week he is open early for longer appointments and Saturdays for surgeries as needed by appointment only. He said it was the best change ever for his business, his family, and his clients. Parents don't need to miss work now, kids don't have to miss school, and he spends most of the day with his kids.

Quoting iansusie:

I agree with most of what you have said except the appointments. My son has missed way more days than I would have wanted to but at least 8 have been appointments. When you have a child that goes to special clinics that only work or see certain patients on certain days, you have no choice. He is seen at the Hematology clinic, he has to go either Wednesday or Friday and in the morning cause it takes LONG to get everything done. We are usually there 3-5hrs. I try to make appointments for afternoons and days he is off but it doesn't always work.

Quoting bellawomen:

Sorry, I don't think children should be missing school for "vacations". That is priority for me. My son has missed 9 days of school this year because he was very sick. And thankfully it was pair with a week break for President's Week or it would have been 14 days.

Schedule appointments for other times. My son is in 3rd grade and has never missed school for any appointments, dentist, doctor, orthodontist, etc.

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by on Apr. 6, 2013 at 10:59 PM
He'd be doing summer school here.
by Bronze Member on Apr. 7, 2013 at 10:21 AM

That sounds like a good plan. That's what I would do.

Hope you all have a blast.

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