You know those parents who take a million vacations during the school year? If you’ve ever wondered how they do it without an excusable reason to miss school, you’ve found yourself in the right place! My family loves to travel and with two boys in school right now, we’ve found ways to travel all year, without getting into trouble for missing to much school and soon you can too!
Become Familiar with the School’s Absentee Policy
Reading up on your child’s school’s absentee policy is a good idea. Some schools actually have policies in affect for family vacations that are proven to be educational field trips. Usually educational field trips must be proven to the school board that they are indeed educational, but once approved, you and your family can go on vacation and have an excused absent.
If your child’s school does not have an educational field trip policy, check to see if they offer any kind of excused absences for vacations during the school year.
If your child’s school won’t budge, one of these other ways will help you and your family go on vacation.
Schools Out, Get Your Travel On
There are many reasons you may not want to pull your child out of school for a vacation, so if that happens to be you, plan your vacations around holidays, days off, and weekends. Most schools publish official school year calendars, so if you plan around longer weekends and holidays, you should be able to get a decent amount of travel in without missing school. While you probably won’t get to go on long, luxurious vacations during days off; plan those for the summer time.
Travel Closer to Home
For obvious reasons, if your children’s school does not have a policy in effect for vacations during the school year, you may have to travel closer to home. Although this may not sound as fun and exciting as going thousands of miles away, it still gives your family the chance to explore some closer hidden gems.
Things to Consider When Taking Vacations During the School Year
Make Sure Your Child’s Grades Stay Up
It may sound obvious, but if you are planning on taking your kids out of school to go on a vacation, you have to make sure your child’s grades do not suffer. If you’re child’s grades begin to suffer because of all your vacations, the school will not be happy, no matter what their absentee policy states. Failing grades may eventually lead to parent teacher conferences and confrontation over the amount of school your child is missing.
Give Your Child’s Teachers an Advanced Notice
While I know you can’t always let your teachers know if you are going on vacation ahead of time, but if you can, make sure you do. A lot of times teachers will be able to plan ahead and let you know of any important test that your child will have to make up or do ahead of time. This will usually make it easier on your child when they come back to school and help give your child’s teacher time to prepare.
If you are looking for more travel tips, check out my other tips HERE.