I'm not feeling particularly defensive, but thought I'd share the response from DS's K teacher re our school plans next year. We told her that we planned to have DS start first grade in fall but that we were going to pull him out in Jan (sabbatical travel). Her response was an enthusiastic, "Oh, that's perfect!"

I'm going to keep that comment close and warm my hands at it if things get frosty with the school. I don't think they will though, it's relatively common for families to go on extended travel around here.

On the allergies/life-threatening health issues - one of the children in my son's class has juvenile diabetes. Dealing with that is a daily concern - I can't imagine how it will go at public school. Perhaps that isn't where she is headed though.
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