When children take time off from school, it can be difficult. Teachers have to put in extra time to make sure that their students make up for the lesson they missed, while students who miss school might struggle to keep up with their classmates.
But if parents make sure their children make up for any missed lessons, a family trip can be as instructive as a few days at school.
Michael Rossi had long dreamed of running the Boston Marathon, so when he finally decided to do it, he wanted to take his family on an unforgettable trip. And because his kids would miss a few days of school while they were in Boston, Michael planned an educational tour of the city’s important sites that would give his children a firsthand lesson in American history.
Still, the school’s principal didn’t approve of Michel’s decision and wrote him a rude letter to express her dissatisfaction.
Here’s what the principal wrote:
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Rossi:
I understand that your family recently took a family vacation. I want you to be aware that the Abington School District does not recognize family trips as an excused absence, regardless of the activities involved in the trip. The school district is not in the position of overseeing family vacations or evaluating the educational nature of a family trip. The dates that the children were absent were recorded as unexcused. An accumulation of unexcused absences can result in referral to our attendance officer and a subsequent notice of a violation of the compulsory school attendance law.
Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you.
The father didn’t appreciate the criticism and immediately answered her: