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Parents Facing Jail for taking kids on Holiday.

Updated on July 29, 2014

In UK, parents can either face a fine or face jail for taking their kids on holiday during Term Time.

Some parents do it because their kids have disabilities and can’t always go away when they have half term holidays and some parents prefer to take a weeks’ holiday in term time because the prices for going on holidays in the summer triple. Travel Agents / Airlines take advantage of the School holiday periods. Some parents have other reasons e.g Maybe they were only allowed certain dates to take holiday at work or someone in the family could be terminally ill and they want to spend time with them.

Usually, a parent has to apply to the Head Teacher to do this and on certain cases they are allowed. However, if not authorised, it becomes a problem.

"We don't care, we love holidays." :-)

The Penalty

I can understand a fine of £200+, but why put a parent in jail? I personally believe that if a Parent is in jail, it will affect the kids performance in School. Not only that, the kid(s) will feel so guilty because mummy or daddy was put in jail, for taking them on holiday and ofcourse, it will have a knock on effect on the health and welfare of the family.

I am curious to know how it works in other Countries. What penalties do you face if you take your child on holiday anytime or can you just take them on holiday when you want?

What is your opinion on how to deal with Parents, who take kids on holidays during Term Time?

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Read more about a mother who risked jail, for taking her kids on holiday during Term Time. Click here: Full Story

  • Have you ever taken your child on holiday outside Term Time?
  • Any other thoughts on this, even if you are not a parent?

Thank you for reading and voiting.



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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK


      Thanks for sharing how it works in your country.

      Nice of you to stop by.

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      viryabo 3 years ago

      That's a rather harsh penalty, if you ask me! As you rightly pointed out, it may/will have a negative effect on the children. In jail? Goodness.

      I don't know of any such law in my country. All that's required here is asking for permission, in writing.

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      @SeaFarar Mama

      Thanks. You raised an important point about regulating the travel industry. I appreciate you stopping by and smiled to myself when I noticed where you live.... "New England." :-) We need a new England over here.

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      @Thelma Alberts

      So True - The kids will suffer more. Thanks for sharing about how it works in Germany. We are in Europe, yet have different educational systems. Interesting...

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      @Vellur - Thanks for sharing how the education system works in India.

      @Teaches12345 - I like the balance in your comment. They can take the kids away and have homework to do, but they risk losing out on important activities. Thanks.

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      Karen A Szklany 3 years ago from New England

      You have done a great job of raising an important issue and stating your opinions about the disadvantages of an impending jail term for parents trying to give their families a holiday on a reasonable budget.

      Perhaps the travel industry needs to be regulated so that nobody suffers from inflated prices at any time...and people can take holidays whenever they want. Perhaps children could replace a school assignment with a report about what they learned on holiday....since learning is the goal of school. ~:0)

      As a home-schooling American, I count holiday trips as educational opportunities when I report to our school superintendent. I know that the system is very different in Britain....but I wonder if some equivalent arrangement could be made.

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      Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

      There´s a money penalty here in Germany for taking the child earlier for a summer vacation but sometimes teachers allowed parents for taking their kids a few days before the said school holidays. I have not heard that parents will be put on jail here in Germany because of this. I think the children will suffer more when parents have to go to jail for that.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      As a teacher, I have known parents to take their children on vacation during the school week. As long as the parent keeps the child engaged in homework and the child is not suffering a grade drop, it is not a problem. However, the child may lose out on other important school activities and social interactions.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      It is atrocious why parents should go to jail for taking their children on a holiday during term time as long as they make up for the missed classes. There are no such rules in India.

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK


      Thanks. It would be interesting to know that happens in the Caribbean. Lovely of you to stop by. :-)

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jail does seem harsh and inappropriate. Your story makes me want to explore. I doubt whether jail happens in the Caribbean, but I'll see what does. Interesting topic!

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK


      Cheers Ruby. I don't know much about the American Education system, except that they have a longer summer holiday than kids in UK. :-)

      Thanks for sharing about how things work over there, regarading taking kids on holidays.

      Happy Weekend.

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK

      @Suzette Naples

      Thanks for sharing your views. I like the extra point you made about, the fact that everything can not be learned in books and the classroom.

      Best Wishes.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I think it's preposterous that parents be jailed or fined for taking their children on holidays. Here it is allowed and makeup time is given. Schools should not be telling a family what or what not to do. Thought provoking hub. Voted up...Good to see you back....

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Well, I am a retired teacher whose parents took me out of school to go on vacations or holidays. I grew up in a family that believed not all could be learned from books and in the classroom. Sometimes, you just have to get out and live life and learn from immersing yourself in the history, culture and customs of your own country and other countries. I never was upset when students left my classroom for vacations. Sometimes parents can only get off work certain times of the year that do not coincide with school vacations. Should the family never take vacations because of this? I don't think so. So, I see nothing wrong with this.

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      Elena 3 years ago from London, UK


      That's cool. thanks. Nice to hear from you. :-)

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      Yes,here you can take them anytime you want, no problem haha