We'd happily risk a fine for cheap holidays say parents who keep children out of Scunthorpe area schools during term time
PARENTS say they will continue to take their children out of school in North Lincolnshire and face a fine, rather than pay inflated holiday prices.
A record number of parents have been prosecuted for unauthorised absences in the region.
But parents say paying the fine is the cheaper option.
Kelly Brace, 40, said: "You should be allowed to take your kids out of school. I have done it. If you try and take them away in the holidays the price is double. It is cheaper to pay the fine."
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Helen Hornsby, 32, from Scunthorpe, risked a fine when she took her seven-year-old daughter Megan out of school for a holiday to Cornwall.
She said: "I did it when she was in reception because I could not adjust my own holiday time to match the school holidays.
"I wouldn't do it now though because she is in year two.
"Education is so important but I didn't feel guilty because she would have missed a very important family holiday.
"By going away during term time I saved around £600.
"The fact that you save money is what attracts people to do it."
Mum-of-two Sharon Pakers, 36, said prices during school holidays meant she was unable to take her children away for as long as she would like.
She said: "We are able to go away but just for not as long.
"We go away with Haven a lot but can now only afford to go away for two long weekends every year."
A spokesman for North Lincolnshire Council said the decision to authorise absence was left to the head teacher at each individual school.
He said parents faced fines or other legal sanctions if unauthorised absences continued.
He said: "This is the highest number issued so far in a single academic year. A total of 89 cases resulted in prosecution."
A spokesman for the National Association of Head Teachers said reforming the school year would bring a solution.
He said: "We understand holidays are priced differently during holidays and term time but in the long run, an education is more important.
"Schools are right to refuse to authorise holidays during term-time on a routine basis.
"Rather than allowing more leniency, we believe the solution is to reform the school year, with holidays distributed more evenly and variety across the country."
Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin said: "There is a lot of evidence that people who attend achieve better than those with less good attendance. However, there can be difficult circumstances for parents from time to time which make it necessary for them to take children out of school to access family occasions."