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A Brownie troop peddling Girl Scout cookies outside of Sugar HQ in the middle of a weekday sparked this question: when is it appropriate to pull your child out of school? For some parents it is only on rare occasions like to accommodate a family reunion or a doctor's appointment, while other moms and dads allow their children to accrue numerous absences so the family doesn't have to travel during the peak season or to beat weekend traffic on road trips. Growing up, one student in my private school could stay home whenever she wanted if she reimbursed her parents for the missed day's tuition. What is your opinion on this issue?