My family was supposed to go to Disney World in November. We had planned the big vacation for a year and thought by going in November during Election Day and the Teacher’s Convention, it was perfect because our kids would have only missed two days of school. Then Hurricane Sandy happened and we lost power for 8 days. Then a Nor’easter was coming up the coast the day we were to fly down to Florida. After all the stress of the week, we decided to move our trip to another time. In a couple of months, we’ll be going to Disney but now our kids will have to miss 5 days of school—a full school week.
We’ve never taken our kids out of school for vacation and I feel guilty. I keep telling myself they are in kindergarten and 3rd grade—so I doubt they will be falling behind. I also plan to tell their teachers early so we can collect homework (mostly for my 3rd grader) and any other stuff we’ll need. But still, the former teacher in me frowns upon taking kids out of school.
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