School Fines Parents $370 For Their Kids’ Absences



If there’s one thing that I’ve been nailing as a parent, it’s a perfect attendance record. I’m THAT mom who will wait until we are two steps away from the school parking lot before making a last minute decision on whether or not my child’s low-grade fever wins him a ticket back home. That stuffy nose full of boogers? Here’s a box of Kleenex. That little cut on your arm? It’ll heal. Seriously, there’s no way my children are staying home unless they really are sick or if it’s a dire emergency.

Well, most of the time anyway. They did manage to coax grandma into believing that their tummy aches were the real thing while I was out of town last year.

But even if my children did stay home more often, could you imagine getting fined from the school board for their absences? Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? Well, that’s exactly what happened to Karl and Faye Jones of South Wales when they decided to take their kids on their honeymoon with them. They came back with a $370 bill waiting for them in the mail.

Here’s the story:

Faye Jones, 29, and groom Karl, 32, were stunned to receive a £240 bill after travelling to the Canary Islands with their twin boys.

The couple informed school bosses about the holiday before jetting off with twins Mitchell and Joshua – who have a 96 per cent attendance record.

But the pair have now both been fined £60 for each child after their boys missed six days of school.

Now, keep in mind that this couple does live in the U.K. and that their school rules are a little different than what we have in the United States. But still, could you imagine being fined for taking your children out of school for a vacation? I mean, do my kids BELONG to the school system or don’t I have the parental rights to take them out of their classes when needed?

Tell us Hot Moms, what are your thoughts on this? Is it ok to take your children out of school for family events or vacations? Or do you think school attendance is more important? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Joanna Mazewski

Joanna has been following the world of entertainment and celebrities since '05, having served as the Editor-in-Chief of Celebrity News Service and as a personal assistant for one of the original James Bond screenwriters, producer Kevin McClory during her days in Ireland. These days she’s a mother, warrior, celebrity writer and Disney dreamer. And she eats a lot of peanut butter M&Ms, as well.


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