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(Slate)   "My kindergartner is supposed to start school during our vacation that's been planned without knowing how the school calendar would look. Is it okay to miss the first day of kindergarten so we don't have to blow up our itinerary?"   (slate.com) divider line
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5 days ago  
Hell at this point, he can pretty much miss everything up until freshman year of community college.

It's kinda over for us, we just haven't turned off there lights yet.

Happy Thursday.
 
5 days ago  
No way. You come in late that first day and the other kids have a whole day head start on you. You're behind the curve for the rest of your academic career.
 
5 days ago  
If you're going to send your kid in late, they're going to need to beat someone up on the first day.  Let the other kids know they aren't some new biatch on the block.

/I don't make the rules
 
5 days ago  
Sure. As long as you don't mind your child starting their ABCs at "D" for the rest of their life.
 
5 days ago  
Personally, I would make sure my kid was there and change my plans if I could.  But I don't begrudge anyone who doesn't want to change and misses the first day/week....especially if this was planned.  And especially if the schedule wasn't definite.

It's also situational.  I've known parents who pulled their kid out of 4th grade for a week because they got a sudden (like use within a week) discount on a Disney package...and their kid did *not* need to miss school.  I've known others who had to take their kids to Japan for a week or so to see family and they went and worked with the school on that one and planned well ahead...and both of *their* kids could easily miss that time and not be remotely behind.
 
5 days ago  
Shouldn't miss, that is the day they introduce calculus.
 
5 days ago  
yeah, it's kindergarten.  Take them out whenever they have an educational opportunity - which at that age includes "let's go see what shells we can find at the beach."

Missing the first day at a new school is undesirable if they're the shy type - yo'u're upping the odds that cliques will have already formed and he/she will be left out. Then again, at that age, one day hardly matters.  Half the kids won't recognize more than one or two of their classmates the next day.
 
5 days ago  
If you scheduled your big vacation that close to the start of the school year, you knew this was a possibility. You've already made your decision and now you're just looking for someone to tell you it's OK.
 
5 days ago  
It's one farking day of kindergarten. Not like the poor kid isn't going to have enough time for you to pressure them to live up to your arbitrary scholastic desires.
 
5 days ago  

Aezetyr: It's one farking day of kindergarten. Not like the poor kid isn't going to have enough time for you to pressure them to live up to your arbitrary scholastic desires.


Just as breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Kindergarten is the most important school year. I hope that kid likes playing in the dirt, because they'll be digging ditches for the rest of their lives.
 
5 days ago  
So they can take 30 minutes to write a letter to slate, but couldn't take 30 seconds to check the school district's website for when the school year started?

The heart bleeds.
 
5 days ago  
Here's the thing, my kids were smarter than the other kids anyway, so when I took them out of school for a day or a week, or whatever, it was a kindness to the stupid children who then had a chance to catch up.

Seriously, depending on your community and the teachers and all kinds of other variables, there can all kinds of unrealistic pressure to succeed at every little thing, and competing factions will all tell your kid, that my class/sport/activity is far more important than all those other classes/sports/activities.

Sometimes you just need to give your kid some time away, let them know that family time needs to balance in with homework/school/sports/drama whatever... and the teachers/coach/leaders also need a reminder that their chosen thing isn't going to be the primary focus of your child's existence.
 
5 days ago  
yes and you are an idiot for not figuring that out for yourself.
 
5 days ago  
Go ahead and miss a few  days. Just remember, It will go on their permanent record.
 
5 days ago  
It's called ditch day for a reason.
 
5 days ago  

Tailspin Tommy: Go ahead and miss a few  days. Just remember, It will go on their permanent record.


Oh, yeah? Well, don't get so distressed.
Did I happen to mention that I'm impressed?
 
5 days ago  
Those poor teachers. If this twit is stressing this much over the first day of farking kindergarten, they're likely to be just as insufferable over every other little thing that comes along.
 
5 days ago  

UberDave: Personally, I would make sure my kid was there and change my plans if I could.  But I don't begrudge anyone who doesn't want to change and misses the first day/week....especially if this was planned.  And especially if the schedule wasn't definite.

It's also situational.  I've known parents who pulled their kid out of 4th grade for a week because they got a sudden (like use within a week) discount on a Disney package...and their kid did *not* need to miss school. I've known others who had to take their kids to Japan for a week or so to see family and they went and worked with the school on that one and planned well ahead...and both of *their* kids could easily miss that time and not be remotely behind.


Man, you just gave me rage flashbacks to when I was in elementary school because this one kid's parents took him out of school to go to the goddamn Bahamas one year.  The kicker, the reason I am irrationally pissed right now, is that the parents complained to the school so much that the absences somehow didn't count and that kid got perfect attendance awards every year of school.
 
5 days ago  

mike_d85: UberDave: Personally, I would make sure my kid was there and change my plans if I could.  But I don't begrudge anyone who doesn't want to change and misses the first day/week....especially if this was planned.  And especially if the schedule wasn't definite.

It's also situational.  I've known parents who pulled their kid out of 4th grade for a week because they got a sudden (like use within a week) discount on a Disney package...and their kid did *not* need to miss school. I've known others who had to take their kids to Japan for a week or so to see family and they went and worked with the school on that one and planned well ahead...and both of *their* kids could easily miss that time and not be remotely behind.

Man, you just gave me rage flashbacks to when I was in elementary school because this one kid's parents took him out of school to go to the goddamn Bahamas one year.  The kicker, the reason I am irrationally pissed right now, is that the parents complained to the school so much that the absences somehow didn't count and that kid got perfect attendance awards every year of school.


Yeah, they don't give you a break for everything but will for family matters and I think that is the excuse they used for an impromptu Disney trip.  And they pretty much know what that is because the people who are going on a vacation but say they are going to visit family for one reason or another, almost never ask for forwarded assignments or things like that.
 
5 days ago  
Yes
 
5 days ago  
It's OK, but I wouldn't be surprised if there is some sort of cosmic backlash.
 
5 days ago  
kindergarten is not required in most states

https://nces.ed.gov/programs/stateref​o​rm/tab5_3.asp
 
5 days ago  

Subtonic: Aezetyr: It's one farking day of kindergarten. Not like the poor kid isn't going to have enough time for you to pressure them to live up to your arbitrary scholastic desires.

Just as breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Kindergarten is the most important school year. I hope that kid likes playing in the dirt, because they'll be digging ditches for the rest of their lives.


do you know what operating engineers make?

(they average $33.19/hr plus another $11K in OT)
https://www.indeed.com/career/operati​n​g-engineer/salaries
 
5 days ago  

petec: Subtonic: Aezetyr: It's one farking day of kindergarten. Not like the poor kid isn't going to have enough time for you to pressure them to live up to your arbitrary scholastic desires.

Just as breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Kindergarten is the most important school year. I hope that kid likes playing in the dirt, because they'll be digging ditches for the rest of their lives.

do you know what operating engineers make?

(they average $33.19/hr plus another $11K in OT)
https://www.indeed.com/career/operatin​g-engineer/salaries


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5 days ago  
sounds like your kid is on the way to being an idiot
 
5 days ago  

Charles of York: sounds like your kid is on the way to being an idiot


What was he going to learn the first day of kindergarten? Nap time schedule?

He's not learning calculus or world history or picking out his career. I think he can miss a day.
 
5 days ago  
If this COVID remote learning year has taught you anything, it should be that your early elementary aged kid does the same thing every day for 1-2 weeks straight because his or her classmates are slow.

Go on vacation early and often.  And when a teacher or someone says "they should be in school," you sh*t in a bowl and put it on that person's desk.
 
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