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Old 12.03.2012, 23:38
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Swiss School / UK funeral

How will a school react, I have two eight year olds and a six year old if we say that we are returning to the UK for the children grandfather's funeral and Memorial Service. We will probably be gone for about 7 days. Two days journey each way by car and a few days in the UK.
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Old 12.03.2012, 23:41
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Re: Swiss School / UK funeral

Kids in Switzerland are allowed to have 2 joker days. Last year our son needed more (4) and we got in touch with the school. I had to write a letter explaining the reason he had to go and there were no problems in getting extra days. But...different schools different rules. I am sure they will understand.
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Old 12.03.2012, 23:42
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Re: Swiss School / UK funeral

Proof of the event at the very least ?
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Re: Swiss School / UK funeral

Our school were kindness itself when I removed my then 7 year old son for what was in the end 10 days (the funeral took a long time to arrange as it was over a UK bank holiday weekend which delayed matters).

It was for my mother's funeral (his Grandmother). There was no requirement for any proof. The only comments I received in response to my request were ones of support and condolence. They could not have been nicer. Indeed, I only signed the official form for his absence once I returned some 5 weeks later (my son returned back with my husband much earlier).

Altogether most humanely and sensibly dealt with. The death was very unexpected. I was all over the place and their kindness alleviated what had seemed to be such a huge problem.

Do just ask.
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Re: Swiss School / UK funeral

I am sorry for your loss.
I am sure they will understand at school. at least at my sons primary they show great sensitivity for family and personal matters. possibly they won't even require you to use up the two joker days.


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I am sorry for your loss.
I am sure they will understand at school. at least at my sons primary they show great sensitivity for family and personal matters. possibly they won't even require you to use up the two joker days.
No we certainly didn't. It was done under the cantonal regulation for extenuating circumstances leading to absence resulting from travel abroad and as it was for less than 3 weeks, the school board could sign the form. More than 3 weeks, the request is handled by the Cantonal Education Dept. These are the rules for Baselland - you will find your rules in the Cantonal education homepage, if you have not already been given them at the start of school.

All the best at this difficult time.

Edit: Absences for up to 7 days (one week) can be signed for by the head of the school without the need for the school board.

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Re: Swiss School / UK funeral

It probably depends on the school and how flexible the head is but in general I have to agree with what has previously been said here.

I had exactly the same experience as ECB when my mother passed away. Although it was in Belgium they are equally as anal about taking extra days as the Swiss. I just contacted the school to explain the situation and was told to take as much time as we needed. When we got back I just handed in the signed absence form (I included a copy of the death certificate although I'm not sure it was necessary) and everything was fine. I was asked to see the teacher so that she could explain to me the work he had missed and he was given a couple of week to catch up on it all.

At the start of this year the class teacher here explained the 7 day ruling for permission and indicated that the school is pretty considerate of justified requests for absence. ( extending your summer holiday by a week does not qualify) In your circumstances I don't think you'll have any problem getting the time off approved.

Sorry to hear about your loss.
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Re: Swiss School / UK funeral

It doesn't depend on the local schools how they handle cases like this. They are bound to follow the cantonal legislation, which AFAIK all have some regulations about "Unterrichtsdispensationen" or "Urlaube".
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Re: Swiss School / UK funeral

Sorry for your loss.

You will have to write a letter explaining the reason for your children's absence. Remember to REQUEST the days off, not simply state your children will be absent for a number of days. The director at my children's school reprimanded me for this mistake.
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Re: Swiss School / UK funeral

To wrap up the tread, we applied for leave and arranged the funeral on the Thursday and Memorial Service on the Friday. We left Switzerland on Tuesday Evening and were given 3 days off and the children returned to school on the following Monday, albeit a bit tired. So planning and travelling over the weekend was key.

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To wrap up the tread, we applied for leave and arranged the funeral on the Thursday and Memorial Service on the Friday. We left Switzerland on Tuesday Evening and were given 3 days off and the children returned to school on the following Monday, albeit a bit tired. So planning and travelling over the weekend was key.
I am sorry for your loss, but glad that you managed to arrange matters with the school.

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Kids in Switzerland are allowed to have 2 joker days. Last year our son needed more (4) and we got in touch with the school. I had to write a letter explaining the reason he had to go and there were no problems in getting extra days. But...different schools different rules. I am sure they will understand.
All the best!
That's not a general truth. It depends on where you live. In my village we have no joker days.
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Re: Swiss School / UK funeral

This is a good candidate for a sticky.

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