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Are we alone? We don’t typically pull our kids out of school for trips but this year it’s just timing out that it’s best for us to go the first week in May [emoji85] starting to second guess but wondering....surely we are not alone! We have 13 and 16 year olds....

 

 

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Nope. You're not alone. There were lots of kids on my recent cruise around South America. One of the parents told me the kids were learning more by seeing the world than they would in the classroom.

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I know you're not alone. I once met a family with 2 school aged kids (maybe 10 and 12?) who were cruising as part of a world-travel year long adventure! It sounded like a wonderful idea (I wish my parents could have afforded it!)

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There are many threads discussing this in the family forum here, including a long current one. You could read some for many viewpoints. Try not to gag on the ones from posters who extol the many virtues of their wonder children.

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There are many threads discussing this in the family forum here, including a long current one. You could read some for many viewpoints. Try not to gag on the ones from posters who extol the many virtues of their wonder children.

 

 

 

I’ll see if I can find it, just called family forum?

 

 

 

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While I don’t have kids, I think it is perfectly acceptable. Family vacations are an important memory and sometimes it can’t be avoided.

 

 

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As a teacher and parent, I say go for it! People get on their high horse and say it’s wrong, but life is way too short and your kids will only be young for a short time. Time with family is absolutely priceless!

 

 

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When our daughter was 11 we realised that she had little idea about the world and history, so we took her out of primary (elementary?) school for 9 weeks for a round the world trip to see as many icons and historical sites as we could including a mediterranean cruise. We are in Australia. We saw things like the Golden Gate bridge, the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, the Smithsonian, the White House, NYC, Disneyworld, Barcelona and La Sagrada Familia, the Vatican, Pisa, Florence, the Colosseum, Ephesus, the greek islands, the sights of London, Stonehenge, Bath, Edinburgh, Warsaw, Krakow, Auschwitz. We thought it might help her studies in subjects like history and geography (it didn't really but at least she learnt a bit more about the world and had been to many places covered in her classes later on).

 

One of her classmates also travelled for that school term to Europe and we even met up in Barcelona. Their other classmates and teacher tracked them both on their travels - learning about the places they were.

 

In high school however, in Australia, you often have to get the approval of the school to take students out during school terms so long trips are harder to organise. We did one trip (for a week) and our daughter had to promise to keep up with her school work on the trip.

 

I do think that for many trips the learning is very beneficial.

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We used to pull our daughter out to go on vacation until she was in second grade. The classwork that she missed was just too hard for us to do and also enjoy our trip. Also now that she's older and NC has EOG (end of grade testing) in May we only will pull her out the last 1 or 2 days of school to do Alaska this year. We did a Med. Cruise and Rome that way too. EOGs will be completed before then.

I just schedule any other cruises during scheduled breaks just to avoid the hassle.

 

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We pulled our kids out of school the last week in January from grade one until they graduated high school for our annual family cruise. Both graduated University and are now established in their careers, so I guess it worked out ok.

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We used to pull our daughter out to go on vacation until she was in second grade. The classwork that she missed was just too hard for us to do and also enjoy our trip. Also now that she's older and NC has EOG (end of grade testing) in May we only will pull her out the last 1 or 2 days of school to do Alaska this year. We did a Med. Cruise and Rome that way too. EOGs will be completed before then.

I just schedule any other cruises during scheduled breaks just to avoid the hassle.

 

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We are in NC too and in hindsight now realize we stressed way too much about EOGs in elementary school. All the pressure!

 

We did Alaska in 2016! AMAZING CRUISE!

 

 

 

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We pulled our kids out of school the last week in January from grade one until they graduated high school for our annual family cruise. Both graduated University and are now established in their careers, so I guess it worked out ok.

 

 

 

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Our daughter is now in 6th but her school uses EOG scores to determine math and STEM placement so we don't stress, just have to make sure that she's there for prep and tests. She's in a charter school. We used to pull her out the week of labor day but charter school funding is based on the 1st two weeks of school attendance. If you are out more than 2 days, they will give your spot to Some one on the waitlist. Eek! They have 1000s on the waitlist as we used to be on it. She got in for 2nd grade so there went vacay that week. I had really already determined I was done with helping her with schoolwork while we were on vacation. It was not a vacation for me! I felt like I was being punished!

 

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Pulling our 9 and 17 year old junior out in a couple weeks for a cruise in April. We've done it before and this will most likely be one of the last family vacays with the older one. Don't like to do it but it's just too expensive in summer and over holidays. When he starts college with the long Christmas break college students get we can probably go 2 to 3 weeks into January.

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I used to do it with my kids, because well my mom did it will me in the 80's early 90's!

 

Boy how times have changed though.... if I was to pull my kids out of school for a vacation? I would be going to Truancy Court... again... I learned my lesson once thanks!

 

I do find it very sad that parents who want their kids to experience the world and other cultures just really can't do this anymore. My youngest DS is the perfect example of why! When he was in 3th grade, he had already been on 4 cruises and to 9 countries. They had not 1 but 2 international students transfer that year, one from Germany and one from Asia. Because of his experience with other cultures and how they differ, he was the one who befriended them and got others to accept them. Sure, it could have happened without his experiences, but yeah... probably not.

 

Alas my DS's are (almost) 20 and 16 now. They are done vacationing with mom and dad, or we are done with them... either way! Well if they wanted to go we would let them but they actually don't want to.

 

But I digress, in general if the SCHOOL is okay with it, then go for it! If not, just be prepared to end up in truancy court with fines that well.. negate your savings like I did!

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Our kids may have missed a day to fly out early for a cruise, but we've done it mainly to get cheaper airfare and hotel rates in Hawaii, not to mention avoiding the crowds. Pretty significant difference.

 

We make up a weak excuse for the teachers and try to get as many assignments in advance as possible for them to do during our downtime while we're away.

 

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We've done it for 2 cruises and a trip to Key West! His teachers have always said as long as he's a good student (which he is), and makes up anything he may need to make up (which he does), then they don't care. We didn't do it this year, because he's in 8th grade, and there's just so much going on. And I wouldn't do it his freshman year in HS next year, just because he'll be getting used to being in HS. We've done it in November each time.

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My kids do not pull their kids, (my grandkids), and they do travel and cruise. They either vacation in summer or pick times when the kids have a break. Perhaps it depends on the school and district/state rules as far as being allowed or counting as an excused absence. Makes a difference too if kids are involved in sports or other extracurricular activities.

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Wow!! How lucky you all are. When our children were in school anything more than a day and you had to have a dr.'s note. 5 missed days in a semester without a dr's note and your child failed the semester. One year our son had strep throat 4 times between Dec. and Feb. Even with a dr's note each time we still received a letter from the school informing us that he was missing too much time and in danger of failing for the year.

 

Maybe with more people "home schooling" the schools are more "relaxed" about children missing classes.

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We just took our 13 and 16 year old kids on a 7-day cruise. We chose a week when they had both Monday and Friday off school due to a Stat holiday and a Professional Development day. They only missed out on 3 days of school.

I let the teachers know in advance by emailing them, and they were fine with giving the kids some assignments to make up the missed classes. We also had to sign a form and return it to the office. Not a big deal.

I can hardly believe the rules and regulations some of you have to deal with regarding absences. Failing a semester for missing 5 days of school? Truancy court? Yikes!

We are in Canada, and have not encountered these types of rules.

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Wow!! How lucky you all are. When our children were in school anything more than a day and you had to have a dr.'s note. 5 missed days in a semester without a dr's note and your child failed the semester. One year our son had strep throat 4 times between Dec. and Feb. Even with a dr's note each time we still received a letter from the school informing us that he was missing too much time and in danger of failing for the year.

 

Maybe with more people "home schooling" the schools are more "relaxed" about children missing classes.

 

I wonder if it's more a case that now, do you really "need" to take your kid to the doctor and the burden that places on some families. With the copay each time, I'm not going to rush my kid there if he's had a fever or cold for 2-3 days. But I'm also not going to send him to school. Yes, if something seems wrong or out of the ordinary, or has lasted for more than a few days without responding to meds, I take him in. But he's missed a day or two for a bad cough/fever. That's so crazy that they would try to fail your kid for missing that much with a real reason though! How about working with parents!?

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I think having children experience the world on a cruise is a good idea as long as they maintain their school work.

 

From another perspective...when I was doing my student teaching, a parent pulled their student from the class for a week to go to Disney World. I provided the parent the area of teaching that would be done during that week so the student could study while away. When the student got home, I got a call from the parent wanting to know why I was not staying after school to tutor the student on the work that she missed while on vacation. My lead teacher said to forget that. The parent then called the school and threaten a law suit against me and the school for not tutoring her student. :( I just wanted to present a different view from many above.

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When our daughter was in elementary school, we often took her on business trips if the location would provide an educational experience (e.g., Washington DC). We also worked out homework assignments and a trip-specific schoolwork project with the teacher beforehand.

 

 

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My oldest is in 8th grade and my youngest is in 1st grade. We typically cruise the second week of May so they typically miss the last week of school.

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We pulled the kids out several times many many years ago. Last year we pulled our 12 year old granddaughter out. We just let the school know a few weeks early so homework can be done early or on board.

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I hope those who ask for work ahead of time realize that it is more work for the teacher. Yes, we’ve taken kids out of school for vacations, and while it’s nice to have a homework packet, I understood that the kids might have to make everything up when they returned.

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I wonder if it's more a case that now, do you really "need" to take your kid to the doctor and the burden that places on some families. With the copay each time, I'm not going to rush my kid there if he's had a fever or cold for 2-3 days. But I'm also not going to send him to school. Yes, if something seems wrong or out of the ordinary, or has lasted for more than a few days without responding to meds, I take him in. But he's missed a day or two for a bad cough/fever. That's so crazy that they would try to fail your kid for missing that much with a real reason though! How about working with parents!?

 

 

 

Exactly, everything you said!

 

 

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We just took our 13 and 16 year old kids on a 7-day cruise. We chose a week when they had both Monday and Friday off school due to a Stat holiday and a Professional Development day. They only missed out on 3 days of school.

I let the teachers know in advance by emailing them, and they were fine with giving the kids some assignments to make up the missed classes. We also had to sign a form and return it to the office. Not a big deal.

I can hardly believe the rules and regulations some of you have to deal with regarding absences. Failing a semester for missing 5 days of school? Truancy court? Yikes!

We are in Canada, and have not encountered these types of rules.

 

 

 

None of that where we are in NC at our school, I confirmed with the school again today. Shew!

 

 

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Not alone! Pulling my kids last week of Nov this year. Pulled them a week in Feb last year. My district allows alternative learning. They are required to keep a journal and write an experience piece to share with the class.

 

 

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Taking a HS student out for a week that close to exams is not a good idea. Lots of review is done around that time and lots of AP exams are given around then.

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Taking a HS student out for a week that close to exams is not a good idea. Lots of review is done around that time and lots of AP exams are given around then.

 

 

 

Our exams are 4 weeks after our trip

 

 

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I wonder if it's more a case that now, do you really "need" to take your kid to the doctor and the burden that places on some families. With the copay each time, I'm not going to rush my kid there if he's had a fever or cold for 2-3 days. But I'm also not going to send him to school. Yes, if something seems wrong or out of the ordinary, or has lasted for more than a few days without responding to meds, I take him in. But he's missed a day or two for a bad cough/fever. That's so crazy that they would try to fail your kid for missing that much with a real reason though! How about working with parents!?

 

As I said some people are very lucky that the school would allow children to miss school for what the county considered "not a valid reason" which means that your child was out of school without a dr's note or some other reason (usually a death in the family) In those days schools were much stricter about attendance.

I am not sure what your statement "need" to take your kid to the dr, means. When your child has a very red throat and a high fever it is probably wise to seek medical care. In our case our son had strep throat 4 times in one winter. It just seemed that no sooner than he would finish his med he would get it again. No matter how hard we tried to keep everything "germ" free he just kept getting sick. Our dr. said he had seen it before and he most likely would get totally better as soon as spring came. Sure enough as soon as the warm weather set in no more sickness.

 

Luckly for us our children are grown and on their own.

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We took our kids out of school last Jan, our kids were 16, 13, and turned 11 on the cruise. It actually ended up being that the week we went was the final week of the semester and there were finals. I talked to the principal of the high school and he told me that we had every right to take our daughter out of school and that the teachers would work with her. It ended up being no problem and she was able to take her exams before we left. I'm so glad we did it, there weren't many kids on the ship that week and we had a fabulous time!

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, but we've done it mainly to get cheaper airfare and hotel rates in Hawaii, not to mention avoiding the crowds. Pretty significant difference.

 

I don't have any children, so I'll acknowledge that it is not really for me to judge, however....I've often wondered why with all the fall, winter, spring, and long summer breaks that schools have, why not take children on cruises during those times?

 

The quoted post answer's my question best....it's the "bottom line" that I believe primarily motivates this decision by parents....;)

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I don't have any children, so I'll acknowledge that it is not really for me to judge, however....I've often wondered why with all the fall, winter, spring, and long summer breaks that schools have, why not take children on cruises during those times?

 

The quoted post answer's my question best....it's the "bottom line" that I believe primarily motivates this decision by parents....;)

 

You are right on target. It is certainly NOT because they value education.

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You are right on target. It is certainly NOT because they value education.

 

 

 

There sure are a lot of judgemental people making some far fetched assumptions! First of all I will only clarify a couple things....our family normally doesn’t vacation outside of the regular school calendar breaks, this year during our spring break there was no cruise during that week that was available going to the destinations we wanted hence the reason for the one we chose. Definitely, Bottom line is important to us, I have 2 Type 1 diabetics living in my house and with that comes a lot of medical expenses. So yes, we do look at bottom line. We have to. I won’t even acknowledge the comment about not valuing education, that’s just ridiculous. I DO VALUE our family time and the fact is this is something special we wanted to for 3 big milestones, 20 years of marriage, 13th and 16th birthdays. With that being said I’ll make an assumption that probably isn’t far fetched, I’d guess those who prefer to see kids on the cruises during school mandated breaks are the same ones who avoid those same weeks when booking.🤨

 

I thank those who commented with positive feedback or constructive feedback, those who are just being rude, hop off my post, take your negative energy elsewhere.

 

 

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A family member takes her daughter out of school each year, early in the school year so their family can spend a week at the shore and not pay top dollar. During a family reunion I helped her daughter w her assigned math work. Based on the difficulty her daughter had doing basic arithmetic, she should never take her daughter out of school. Imagine how the daughter will struggle all year long, not having a good foundation at the beginning of the year. Some parents are so self-obsessed- totally clueless!

 

 

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“Self obsessed totally clueless”..... HA! You have no clue. Do you have kids, school aged kids? I’m guessing no.

 

 

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While I don’t have kids, I think it is perfectly acceptable. Family vacations are an important memory and sometimes it can’t be avoided.

 

 

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This is exactly on point!

 

 

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As teachers we were unable to take our children out of school to benefit from less expensive holidays .

 

We felt it was discrepancy against those who work in schools.

(Although sometimes teaching assistants were allowed to take holidays without pay)

 

Sadly, in reality, we know it is all a question of supply and demand.

 

In recent days, schools in GB are far more aware of meeting attendance targets, even though there are strict rules regarding returning to school after stomach upsets.(48 hrs after last bout). Not applied in all areas.

 

Doctors would not necessarily appreciate the extra work but I like the idea of having Doctors' notes for absence.

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