Student or Learner
"If you are hoping to take your son out of school during the semester to go on vacation, it may be up to the school if you are permitted to do this. Nevertheless, there are times when it is necessary for your son to have some time off and sending a letter to his teacher may be a good idea."
Why have they used " are hoping" and not "if you hope". Would that change the meaning? I use the IPhone 5 c but somehow cannot make the fonts bigger?
The progressive form suggests a more limited duration of the hope. In practice, there is no significant difference in meaning.