My son is in reception at a local primary school.
We have family in Morocco, including his grandfather who recently became very sick. My son has never met his grandfather so last minute we booked a ticket for him to fly their with his uncle (who was already booked to travel). We booked just last Sunday night for him to fly on Monday morning, with the intention of him staying for 3 weeks (though we haven't booked the return ticket yet).
The children were due back to school from half term that same day. When I went to tell the school they said I had to write a letter to the headteacher asking for authorisation for his absence, which I did. I also gave him the confirmation email showing how last minute we had booked the flight.
Today the headteacher wrote back to me that he is unable to grant compassionate leave as I have not stated an exact date for my son to go back to school (I stated in the letter that he would be back to school no later than 28th June). He said that if I can provide an exact date then he MAY grant compasionate leave for UP TO 10 school days. The printed part of the letter states than an unauthorised absence of more than 3 days can lead to a fine and longer than 10 days can lead to the child being taken off role.
Has anyone dealt with this kind of thing before or can please offer some advice? What would happen if they took my son off role - can I try and get him back in?
Because it may be the last time they see their grandfather and for how much it has cost us to send my son and his sister to morocco I would like them to make the most of it and stay for the 3 weeks with all their family - some of whom my son has never met. It will be over £200 cheaper for them to fly back on the 3rd week so I could swallow a £50 fine if neccessary but obviouly don't want to lose my son's school place. I have never taken my son out of school for holidays and never intend to. My daughter attends a different school and they have been fine about the 3 weeks absence.
Any help appreciated - thanks x