There are parents who take their kids out of school to go on vacation. I'm not talking about having the child skip school on Friday for an extended weekend. I'm talking about taking a week or two for vacation because one of the parents couldn't take time off of work during the child's winter, spring or summer break. Poor Mom or Dad!
These parents expect the school to give their children excused absences from school while they are on vacation. A child can be held back a year in a CPS school if they have too many unexcused absences. You are entitled to excused absences from school for illness, death or religious holidays, not F**king vacations! Theses types of parents also expect the teachers to give them the work that the child will be missing in school. When teachers at one school refused the request for work, the parents complained to the principal. Entitlement at its best! I will take my vacation when I want to and you will accommodate me.
A friend of mine, granted a request for two weeks of school work while a family went on vacation. When the child returned to school, the work had not been completed. The parent told the teacher that she gave too much work. The teacher explained that the child was given all of the work that would be completed in school as well as homework.
I realize that some vacations can be very educational. I can't put a value on the education my children received from a three week vacation in Europe. A vacation we took during summer break!
Taking a vacation during school can affect your child's grades. When you decide to take a week or two of education from your child, you need to be responsible for your decision. You need to become a teacher for that time. If you requested school work, then you need to teach that material. You chose not to have that material taught by a professional teacher when you took your child out of school. If you don't want to accept this responsibility, then don't take a vacation in the middle of the school year.