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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:12pm 13th January 2014.

Cornish head teachers will decide whether to let kids take holidays in term time.

Parents can now be fined up to £65 per child if they have not got it cleared.

But each school will make a call on whether there are 'exceptional circumstances.'

Dave from Launceston has four kids and thinks it is unfair: "There's more to school and they also have their family life. I have to work, my wife has to do her thing and during the busy season we still don't get that time together. We should be able to choose when we want to go on holiday and not feel that we're going to be punished for it.

"It's cheaper, it's not so busy, it's no so hectic, it's more practical for us and as for us being fined it's wrong. It's a way to gather more money, that's the basic gist of it."

Karen Holmes is head teacher of St Mabyn and St Tudy schools near Bodmin: "If the parents decide to take the children on holiday during that time then it's their decision, they're making that choice if it's being considered unauthorised by the school and we can't stop parents from doing that and wouldn't want to.

"It depends on the amount of time that they actually have as to whether that becomes a fining situation. No individual school would want to spoil relationships with parents by implying that they are going to fine everybody."

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