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Can I Take My Child Out of School for Eid?

Ramadan and Eid decoration, celebration of Holy month of Ramadan and Eid in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Eid Ul Adha is a significant event in the Islamic calendar, celebrated with immense importance by many families. This festival offers a unique opportunity for parents to spend special time with their children. However, as the lunar calendar determines the date of Eid, planning in advance can be challenging. This uncertainty can create a strain on co-parenting relationships, especially when parents have differing religious beliefs.

Understanding School Absence Policies

Education is a crucial part of a child’s development, and every school day is valuable. Nevertheless, there are occasions when a child may need to miss school. The Department for Education provides guidelines for acceptable absences, including those for religious observance, provided they have authorised permission. It’s essential to understand these guidelines and approach the situation with a clear understanding of the school’s policies.
Discussing with Your Co-Parent
If you are considering taking your child out of school for Eid Ul Adha, the first step is to discuss this with your co-parent. Joint decision-making is essential for the child’s best interests. This is particularly important when communication is difficult and the relationship is strained. Making unilateral decisions without consulting your co-parent can escalate tensions and erode trust, potentially harming the co-parenting relationship.

Approaching the Conversation

When discussing the matter with your co-parent, approach the conversation with openness, transparency, and respect. Clearly explain your reasons for wanting to take your child out of school and listen to your co-parent’s perspective. Ideally, you will reach a mutual agreement regarding the celebration. If you both decide that your child should observe Eid Ul Adha outside of school, the next step is to approach the school in advance to request permission for your child’s absence.

Seeking School Permission

The school’s final decision rests with the headteacher, but many local authorities encourage headteachers and staff to consider their students’ religious and cultural needs. Schools are advised to give due consideration to requests for time off during periods of religious observance. When approaching the school, provide as much notice as possible and explain the significance of the occasion. This helps ensure that your request is taken seriously and increases the likelihood of receiving permission.

When Agreement is Difficult

If you and your co-parent cannot agree on whether your child should miss school for Eid Ul Adha, mediation can be a beneficial step. Mediation provides a neutral, professional environment where both parties can discuss the issue safely and constructively. A mediator can help facilitate the conversation, ensuring that both sides are heard and working towards a mutually acceptable solution. This approach can prevent conflicts from escalating and help maintain a healthy co-parenting relationship.

Support from Haris Law Solicitors

At Haris Law Solicitors, we recognise the complexities involved in co-parenting during religious festivals like Eid Ul Adha. Our experienced family law team is here to provide the guidance and support you need to navigate these important decisions. If you need advice on this topic or any other family law issues, please contact us for a free consultation on 01254 461461. We are committed to assisting you in making informed and considerate decisions that are in the best interests of your child.


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