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That stinks! I would not have even spent 2 min with the principle, I would have went in and said "my kids will not be in school for this day to this day" and then left. What is there to discus? Your kids, you decide.
I donm't think the issue is having the kids miss school. The OP would like the school to send work with the children. I understand a school's reluctance to establish this policy. The teacher could end up with a huge amount of additional work because if it is done for the Smiths, it needs to be done for the Jones.
Our school has a policy (for at least 9 years when DD started) that vacations are unexcused absenses, and no homework will be given in advance, it must all be made up after the kids return to school. We took DD out for a week when she was in K, 1st, and 2nd and she never had any problems catching back up. I understand it's a pain for the teachers to have to give homework in advance, and that especially if a child is having learning issues, it can be difficult to get the caught back up, but if the child is excelling, it shouldn't be an issue.
Personally, I would never take my children out of school for vacation. This is one of the reasons our children are so far behind other countries - we as parents don't take education seriously The teachers work hard enough to get everything taught in the time that they have.
And for the record, the administrator of the school is the PrinciPAL, not the PrinciPLE
As another poster suggested it is probably not the school being "mean", but State mandates that require a certain amount of time each child must be in attendance to meet funding requirements. As a parent you do have the right to take them out, but there is also a responsibility on the part of the school to meet their obligation to State Laws.
Good Luck with your meeting!!