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Missing school - whose decision is it?

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25 Aug 12 #351882 by Jenna29
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My daughters father wants her to miss a day of school in September as he has booked a long weekend away. I''d rather she didn''t miss any school as it''s her first year and very close to the beginning of term but he is going to ask the school if they agree, which is fair enough. But I was wondering, is it ultimately the schools decision or the resident parents decision?

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25 Aug 12 #351886 by Elphie
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Most schools now have a policy of not allowing holiday during term time, so you''ll probably find they refuse permission
However, I think rp and NPR have equal rights to make these decisions, so if the day falls on his contact time then it would be his decision.

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25 Aug 12 #351889 by Jenna29
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It doesn''t fall on his contact time. I was just wondering if the school would just decide or ask me as RP.

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25 Aug 12 #351891 by Elphie
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Well, speaking as a teacher, we aren''t experts in family law. So if I often had contact with both mum and dad, then I wouldn''t chase it up with the other parent, unless I had been specifically asked to. But if it was always mum (actually, I should say rp, as i have had several single dads where I work) that did pick up / drop off, and then I had a NPR with whom I was unfamiliar with asking to take child out of school I''d probably mention it to the parent I was familiar with. However, the decision would be made based on the school''s policy, not on which parent asked. And as I say, most schools have a flat out refusal for holidays during term time now.

(talking of not being experts in law, how comes it says I''m an expert border now? Hah! Most of those posts were me asking stupid questions! )

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25 Aug 12 #351894 by Jenna29
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Thanks :)Him asking will be his first contact with the school so I guess we''ll wait and see what they say.

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25 Aug 12 #351921 by Chained
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What if the school says yes?

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26 Aug 12 #351979 by Jenna29
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I''ve said to him that I''ll leave it up to the school as it''s fairer that way than me just saying no.

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