I know people may disagree with me on this, but I think it's nearly pointless to have a 30-day notice requirement unless you have the time and money for legal action. Otherwise the rule isn't usually enforceable. People will either give you prior notice or they won't, regardless of what a "contract" says.
A breached 30-day requirement would only make me more annoyed than I would already be if someone just up and quit. Why would I put that extra stress upon myself? I request a month's notice, but don't expect it. It's so rare for someone to quit without at least a little notice that if they do I just shrug it off and move on.
I think you are lucky that your people gave you some notice... not the whole summer you wanted, but some. If I understand correctly, you have their fall registration money too. If thatís true, be glad they are not demanding it back and you are having to fight to keep it.
I don't know why you are so upset about the July money, unless it's really the fact that they are leaving that you are upset about. That's totally understandable. It's disappointing when someone leaves, especially to go to another teacher, and especially when you thought things were going great, but it happens. Probably their new teacher shouldn't have taken them since they are your current students, but maybe he/she didn't know. If you continue harping at them about the money, you will appear money-grubbing, and that's not a good reputation to have. If it really is the money you're worried about, I don't know what to tell you except what Ali already said, which is to charge for the whole summer in advance. However, that may not be acceptable to all your students, so you may have some opt out of summer altogether, I don't know. You can weigh that next year.
Meanwhile, for heaven's sake, relax and enjoy the summer.
Edited by unreal (06/19/12 02:54 PM)