Your say on parents who get fined for taking their children on holidays during school term time

Jodi, Kisbee, Joolz and Andy Ing received fines after taking a holiday in term time.

Jodi, Kisbee, Joolz and Andy Ing received fines after taking a holiday in term time.

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THE majority of Hereford Times readers feel sympathy towards a county couple who were fined for taking their children on a skiiing holiday during school term time.

Jodi and Andi Ing believe that there should be a change in the school holiday system after they were hit with a £240 penalty fine following the trip earlier this year.

And, it seems that readers share their views.

Nearly 700 votes were cast on a herefordtimes.com ballot asking readers if the Ings should have been fined.

The majority (61%) said that the Ings did the right thing and should not have been fined because the school was notified.

However, nearly a third of votes cast (29%) believed that the right decision was made and parents should be fined for taking their children on holiday during school term.

A further 10% said that, even though the Ings should not have been fined, trips should only be taken during the scheduled school holidays.

To read about the Ings' fine, click here.

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10:34am Tue 18 Feb 14

Gillian1961 says...

You can not go skiing in the summer holidays, what about when teachers go on strike or they have these baker days, its different rules for them, parents have to rearrange every thing
You can not go skiing in the summer holidays, what about when teachers go on strike or they have these baker days, its different rules for them, parents have to rearrange every thing Gillian1961
  • Score: 1

12:20pm Tue 18 Feb 14

cofhereford says...

Very True Teacher Training Days people have to get cover when they do this
Very True Teacher Training Days people have to get cover when they do this cofhereford
  • Score: -1

12:31pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Whats-wrong-with-the-World? says...

Gillian1961 wrote:
You can not go skiing in the summer holidays, what about when teachers go on strike or they have these baker days, its different rules for them, parents have to rearrange every thing
why can't you go skiing in the summer holidays? Just because we are dazzled with brillaint sunshine for 6 weeks doesnt mean the rest of europe is?
[quote][p][bold]Gillian1961[/bold] wrote: You can not go skiing in the summer holidays, what about when teachers go on strike or they have these baker days, its different rules for them, parents have to rearrange every thing[/p][/quote]why can't you go skiing in the summer holidays? Just because we are dazzled with brillaint sunshine for 6 weeks doesnt mean the rest of europe is? Whats-wrong-with-the-World?
  • Score: -2

12:46pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Rate contributor says...

why can't you go skiing in the summer holidays? Just because we are dazzled with brillaint sunshine for 6 weeks doesnt mean the rest of europe is?

Back to school for you Whats-wrong-with-the
-World? There is very little, or no snow in the summer, skiing is a seasonal sport, December to March as a rule of thumb. Just returned from a fantastic week in the French Alps with grown up kids, half the price of skiing during school holidays, so its no wonder people take their kids out of school for what is a truly educational experience.
why can't you go skiing in the summer holidays? Just because we are dazzled with brillaint sunshine for 6 weeks doesnt mean the rest of europe is? Back to school for you Whats-wrong-with-the -World? There is very little, or no snow in the summer, skiing is a seasonal sport, December to March as a rule of thumb. Just returned from a fantastic week in the French Alps with grown up kids, half the price of skiing during school holidays, so its no wonder people take their kids out of school for what is a truly educational experience. Rate contributor
  • Score: 69

2:22pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Whats-wrong-with-the-World? says...

Rate contributor wrote:
why can't you go skiing in the summer holidays? Just because we are dazzled with brillaint sunshine for 6 weeks doesnt mean the rest of europe is?

Back to school for you Whats-wrong-with-the

-World? There is very little, or no snow in the summer, skiing is a seasonal sport, December to March as a rule of thumb. Just returned from a fantastic week in the French Alps with grown up kids, half the price of skiing during school holidays, so its no wonder people take their kids out of school for what is a truly educational experience.
Austria/Switzetrlnd offer great Skiing during the summer, as a rule of thumb.
[quote][p][bold]Rate contributor[/bold] wrote: why can't you go skiing in the summer holidays? Just because we are dazzled with brillaint sunshine for 6 weeks doesnt mean the rest of europe is? Back to school for you Whats-wrong-with-the -World? There is very little, or no snow in the summer, skiing is a seasonal sport, December to March as a rule of thumb. Just returned from a fantastic week in the French Alps with grown up kids, half the price of skiing during school holidays, so its no wonder people take their kids out of school for what is a truly educational experience.[/p][/quote]Austria/Switzetrlnd offer great Skiing during the summer, as a rule of thumb. Whats-wrong-with-the-World?
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3:30pm Tue 18 Feb 14

mizza21 says...

Well, I suppose skiing is educational if you want to teach your kids it's okay to skip school. What do they learn by devaluing their education.
Skiing is more important than school? Many people who do not have access to free education may not be quite so convinced.

My answer to this would be simple.
If you take your child out of school to go on holiday for a week, they are excluded for that entire school year.
That would certainly discourage it.
Well, I suppose skiing is educational if you want to teach your kids it's okay to skip school. What do they learn by devaluing their education. Skiing is more important than school? Many people who do not have access to free education may not be quite so convinced. My answer to this would be simple. If you take your child out of school to go on holiday for a week, they are excluded for that entire school year. That would certainly discourage it. mizza21
  • Score: -2

4:16pm Tue 18 Feb 14

missingtwick says...

What's wrong with the Christmas hols, February half term or Easter hols? That's when I have been skiing before now because I am a tracer and I can't take holidays in term time either. Yes, we are also humans who have to suck up the hiked up seasonal prices. Baker days are working days for teachers, and schools do usually put them onto the beginning or end of children's holidays to try and make it more convenient for parents. Schools get graded on attendance so if you want your child's school to get goods / outstanding grades take them to school when they should be there. PS I don't do strikes because I can't afford to but that is also not a holiday for teachers. It's a day of not being paid to go and save your pay. Irony.
What's wrong with the Christmas hols, February half term or Easter hols? That's when I have been skiing before now because I am a tracer and I can't take holidays in term time either. Yes, we are also humans who have to suck up the hiked up seasonal prices. Baker days are working days for teachers, and schools do usually put them onto the beginning or end of children's holidays to try and make it more convenient for parents. Schools get graded on attendance so if you want your child's school to get goods / outstanding grades take them to school when they should be there. PS I don't do strikes because I can't afford to but that is also not a holiday for teachers. It's a day of not being paid to go and save your pay. Irony. missingtwick
  • Score: 2

4:17pm Tue 18 Feb 14

missingtwick says...

Tracer? Teacher, even. Phone not behaving.
Tracer? Teacher, even. Phone not behaving. missingtwick
  • Score: 6

4:20pm Tue 18 Feb 14

missingtwick says...

Just had another thought. How would these parents react if the class teacher took a week off to go skiing in the middle of the term? Can't imagine that would go down well...
Just had another thought. How would these parents react if the class teacher took a week off to go skiing in the middle of the term? Can't imagine that would go down well... missingtwick
  • Score: 7

10:11pm Tue 18 Feb 14

morrisgoon says...

You don,t notify the school,you ask the school for permission.
Notifying is telling or advising,not asking.
Schools can allow you to take children out of school in exceptional circumstances.
We now need these holiday companies to have a low,middle and high season costings and not just hike the price up when it is school holidays, so October to February would be low cost,March to June would be middle cost and July to September would be high cost. October and February half terms would be in the low cost season so making it more realistic for a lot of families to be able to afford a "foreign holiday"
You don,t notify the school,you ask the school for permission. Notifying is telling or advising,not asking. Schools can allow you to take children out of school in exceptional circumstances. We now need these holiday companies to have a low,middle and high season costings and not just hike the price up when it is school holidays, so October to February would be low cost,March to June would be middle cost and July to September would be high cost. October and February half terms would be in the low cost season so making it more realistic for a lot of families to be able to afford a "foreign holiday" morrisgoon
  • Score: 6

10:04pm Thu 20 Feb 14

p157 says...

Teachers should be fined if they organise school trips
Teachers should be fined if they organise school trips p157
  • Score: -1

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