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    Kids to Aruba and missing school days?

    http://themorningnewsaruba.com/local...e-not-allowed/

    here is an interesting article about aruba school attendance rules.
    wow there are actual fines for non compliance.

    my question is for you parents/grandparents..............ever brought your kids to aruba that required an absence from school?

    my husband and i are 2 of the ones that have to claim "guilty" although we were never made to feel guilty.

    in our defense, our son was an A student.....a brainiac......and always brought work with him and although was marked absent on the record, he did an extraordinary amount of learning when we traveled. we were fortunate that his teachers understood our situation that warranted the absence from school. if he were not a good student, i am sure things would have been very different.

    in this day and age when life is so rushed and family life is so precious....i say folks need to do what is right for their family's particular situation.

    what are your thoughts?

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    We've taken our kids out of school for vacations. Our daughter has done the same to bring her son to Aruba. I don't see an issue with it as long as they keep up with the work. They have to take the same tests and pass like everyone else.

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    I was in the same situation as a kid.....we went to Florida a couple of times a year and I was taken out of school each time. I was pretty much an A student so the Principle let me get away with it, but I always brought school work with me so I wasn't behind when we got back...

    Was going to bring my 13 year old and 18 "great-nieces" this year but their grades suck right now and so both are stuck staying home. Not sure what the problem is but school is secondary to socializing and their grades are suffering for it. Too bad for them, they would have loved it !!!! But I'm okay with it coz it's saving me money !!!!
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    I have unfortunately had some experience with this in that my daughter missed the equivalent of 8 days of school last year within the space of 40 days, due to the death of grandparents last year. In our case we were in close contact with our dd's primary teacher and supplied copies of death certificates to the attendance office. She made up all of her work and passed all of her courses.

    Travel is not an excused absence. So...you cannot make up the work or receive credit. The parent would have to pay to re-take the course online or in summer school.

    In the school's defense, we are on an extended school year calendar (which we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for numerous reasons) so only 10 weeks off during the summer, but ample opportunities for week long travel in September, November, December, January, February and April. The district also gives parents plenty of advance notice of school calendars, anywhere from 3 - 5 years at a time. Right now we have the school calendar through June 2016.


    Students with seven unexcused absences will be referred to the school social worker. [Dh is an elementary ed teacher and has seen this many times. Translates into they will probably call the state's Department of Child Services].

    [High school] Any student having seven or more absences in a semester (half of a year) will receive no credit for that class unless the absences are validated as excused (all absences must be rectified within 5 school days of the student’s return to school)
    Once validated as excused-
    make up work must be satisfactorily completed, and a passing grade earned for each course

    Excused Absences
    personal illness, serious illness or death in the family
    religious holidays
    absence as mandated by order of governmental agencies, such as court proceedings relating to the student’s foster care
    conditions rendering school attendance impossible or hazardous to one’s health or safety
    registering to vote or voting, (for a period not to exceed one day)
    any student whose parent or guardian is in the U.S. Armed Forces/National Guard, and said parent or guardian has been called to duty for, or is on leave from, an overseas deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting, shall be granted up to 5 excused absences per school year, for the day(s) missed from school to visit with the parent or legal guardian prior to such deployment or during such leave
    students who are visiting prospective college campus (limit two days).

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    Many laws in Aruba are very similar to the laws of several European countries. It seems to me, the school system is one of them where it is mandatory to go to school. There is not such a thing as "home schooling" as in the US or just taking tests. It's mandatory to go to school.

    I grew up in Europe and I can not remember that there was a time where we would go on a vacation during school time. Summer vacations were six weeks and working parents tried to take their vacation time then. It seems everyone took it quite serious. If time in school was missed (due to a longer illness), it was hard to catch up.

    Thinking back, I actually liked it. There was time to play and relax during the school vacations but when school started again, one would be completely focused again.

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    DH & I try our best to teach the kids that school is their job. It should be their #1 priority so taking them out for fun is not common at all. That being said we had an amazing opportunity to visit family in Germany last October. We jumped at the chance & took the kids out of school for 6 days - that was huge for them and the first year they ever missed that many days in a school year
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    My parents are 89 and 85 and live in NJ. My sisters and nephews are teachers, however we are taking the kids out for a few days to see my folks. They are not doing well and this is family and an important time in all our lives. We have taken the kids out in the past for a day or two if vacations overlapped. i know it is frowned upon but I think family and memories are so important in life!!

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    Also, in Atlanta, last year our straight A student son had many health issues. He had doctors' notes for everything!! We still received a warning letter. It seemed that the school did not really have much empathy. They knew his was ill and had notes and on heavy medications. I was worried about my son's health, but worried that a state worker would show up at my door. Seems a little odd to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryG View Post
    Also, in Atlanta, last year our straight A student son had many health issues. He had doctors' notes for everything!! We still received a warning letter. It seemed that the school did not really have much empathy. They knew his was ill and had notes and on heavy medications. I was worried about my son's health, but worried that a state worker would show up at my door. Seems a little odd to me.
    Sitting here discussing the subject with my dh who is a special education teacher in Cherokee, he stated that if your son missed that many days he should have been offered home or hospital teacher instruction.

    Fortunately or unfortunately, some people ruined it for folks like you who have a good student and these state laws are in place for a reason. Graduation rates have been linked to attendance and Georgia's truly pathetic graduation rate needs improvement:

    58.6 percent in 2009
    67.4 percent in 2011
    69.7 percent in 2012

    Our dd came to us a foster child. She missed a good deal of state pre-k, kindergarten and first grade, her birth mother often did not send her to school. Any sympathetic physician would write a letter of excuse. Again, people abused the system so these are some of the reasons these laws are in place.

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    My DD started Kindergarten in September and we have our yearly 2-week trip planned for March/April of 2014. We plan on taking her out for the 10 days with advanced warning to the teacher and will bring work to Aruba. We get a letter after 15 days. We know that once the state testing starts (3rd grade), we will not be able to go for our 2 consecutive weeks and will have to "fanagle" a bit with the dates so we are enjoying our last few consecutive years until she's much older.

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