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E-petition: reverse the ban on school time holidays

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AesSedai Thu 13-Nov-14 17:29:15

This closes in January and is half way there for signatures. It needs 100,000 and has 42,000. If you are interested in signing, please follow the link:

Bearfrills Thu 13-Nov-14 17:36:01

Signed smile

Last year the school approved five days for 5yo DS at the very end of the summer term. DH can't get leave in the school holidays and we chose the very last week of the summer term as it's the least disruptive. They said it was classed as exceptional circumstances and approved it. This year it's been declined because it's not exceptional circumstances, even though it's the exact same situation hmm

Frogisatwat Thu 13-Nov-14 17:42:31

Ive signed. No doubt someone will be along soon to tell me 'I should cut my cloth accordingly and camp in October in the pissing rain'
I work for myself and can't fit holidays in at the best of times let alone school hols!

Bearfrills Thu 13-Nov-14 17:48:27

I was thinking the same thing Frog grin

How very fucking dare we want to take a holiday!

AesSedai Thu 13-Nov-14 19:17:29

Hopefully bumping up for the evening crowd.

AuntieStella Thu 13-Nov-14 19:24:37

It refers to children with good attendance records.

That'll exclude any unfortunate enough to have been ill, and keep it totally out of reach of those with chronic conditions. I will not sign something worded in such a divisive way.

Bearfrills Thu 13-Nov-14 19:29:07

How is it divisive? Our school makes allowances for those with chronic conditions and children who are ill get it out down as authorised. DS had a vomiting bug and because I rang him in sick it went down as authorised absence and he still got his good attendance certificate.

noideawottoget Thu 13-Nov-14 19:41:19


SmilesandPilesOfPresents Thu 13-Nov-14 19:56:51

Mine has SN. Because this there are many hospital, therapist and doctors appointments we have to attend. Each meaning a morning, an afternoon or an entire day off because of it.

Despite being in school every single day when not at an appointment, he's NEVER had a good attendance certificate. When it's recognised that these are not days off, they are essential, then I'll sign, but at the moment he's treated by the system as a poor attender, even though his teachers know different and spoil him in other ways . We've got no hope of getting holidays authorised, even if it means he'll be better with a quieter crowd. When situations like ours are included then I'll sign.

Frogisatwat Thu 13-Nov-14 19:57:13

Seriously 'those with chronic conditions'?
I don't think so. At all

LeopardInABobbleHat Thu 13-Nov-14 20:04:36

Not all schools do it that way, Bearfrills. It may be Authorised but the percentage absence is still taken into account and letters sent home. Helpfully these letters are on Green/Amber/Red paper because a Traffic light system is notoriously well known for helping parents ensure their DC aren't ever ill hmm

EllenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 13-Nov-14 20:09:40

Evening all. Just to let you know that this'll shortly be moving to our Petitions section.

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