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What level of permission do you need to get your DC out of school early..?

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smee Mon 28-Sep-09 11:48:23

We need to do a v.long journey for a family event so are thinking of asking if DS can leave at lunchtime on a Friday. But what's the deal here? School are rightly very into attendance, but as he will be attending that day, can I casually ask his teacher if it's okay (he's only in Yr 1), or do I have to do the whole letter to Head thing? I don't want to make a big deal out of it unless I have to!

ChopsTheDuck Mon 28-Sep-09 11:50:08

I'd have thought you would have to still apply for leave. I took mine out of school for one day for a fmaily event and still had to apply.

KembleTwins Mon 28-Sep-09 11:50:08

You really ought to put it in writing - if nothing else, then to prevent putting DS's teacher in an awkward position. It's not really her decision, TBH. I find it highly improbable that anyone will say no, but best to do it through the proper channels.

applepudding Mon 28-Sep-09 11:59:25

In the past we have normally gone on holiday the Friday before October half-term. I recall that when DS had the whole day off I had to fill in a holiday form via the school office, but when I took him out at lunchtime I just did a note to his class teacher saying I would be collecting him at 12.00.

However, practices are probably different in different schools.

purpleduck Mon 28-Sep-09 12:00:25

some schools don't mind if they go after registration - they still get the tick for being there

gorionine Mon 28-Sep-09 12:07:04

I think you have to ask for permission to leave by signing a form that states the reason for absence and the length of it. The only times we have not been asked to fill a "absence request form" were when we take the DCs during lunch time break (dentist appointment) and they are back in school for the afternoon session.

At the end of the year, on the school report, if you have been absent 1 day it will be written : missed 2 session(morning + afternoon).

smee Mon 28-Sep-09 12:30:12

Thank you all. I will have a natter with his teacher and see what the school's policy is then. Last year in reception they were v.chilled about it, but I can see it's tricky the bigger they get.

MrLSG Mon 28-Sep-09 13:00:08

If he's only in Yr1 then I can't see it being a problem.

We did this a few times last year with ds1 when he was in Yr2 and we had a long journey to do. Teacher didn't worry about it and they didn't seem to be doing much work on a Friday afternoon anyhow.

atworknotworking Mon 28-Sep-09 15:29:32

Agree Yr1 at this time of the school year shouldn't be an issue, however some heads can be a bit arsey, even if the teachers are ok. If its just half a day I would write a note for teacher requesting that you need to collect DC at lunchtime from the office and ask if you need to complete a holiday request form for this.

katiestar Mon 28-Sep-09 16:35:01

IME they like it better if you take them out after the afternoon registter has been called so they are then recorded as 'present' for stats purposes.

Oh and of course its not a question of getting permission.They certainly cannot prevent you from collecting your child whenever you like.Its a question of whether the absence is authorised or not.

smee Mon 28-Sep-09 19:56:50

Thanks all - that's good advice Katie about the afternoon register. I'll bear that in mind. Next problem is how I get myself out of afternoon at work. Any suggestions on that one..? grin

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