Former radio-personality-turned-suburban dad Mike Rossi did what most parents do sometime during the school year—he took his family on a vacation.
He never expected the battle that would ensue over his otherwise “normal” decision.
Mike and his family took a trip to Boston for a small vacation, during which Mike ran the Boston Marathon. Not only was it a fun time for the whole family, but Mike and his wife made sure to expose their kids to the many historical sites in Boston that shaped the formation of our country.
While they were away, the school where Mike’s twins, Jack and Victoria, attend classes noticed the children’s absence. After learning it was for a family vacation, the principal sent the Rossi’s a salty note that no one saw coming.
“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 your children were absent were recorded as unexcused. An accumulation of unexcused absences can result in a 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.”