How to Take More Vacations During the School Year

by Crystal Carder

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Have you ever wondered how some parents take their kids out of school to travel multiple times throughout the school year? If you’ve ever wondered this or wondered how to take more vacations during the school year, you’re in luck. This simple little guide explains how our family takes multiple vacations throughout the school year with our kids missing minimal days of school.

How to Take Kids Out of School to Travel

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

Take More Vacations During School Year

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

How to Take More 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 your 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 for when you take your kids out of school to travel.

If you are looking for more travel tips, check out my other tips HERE.


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Tara Pittman January 23, 2018 - 7:53 pm

My family is traveling next week so I need to get that note to the teacher. The kids can do their homework on the plane.

GiGi Eats January 23, 2018 - 9:17 pm

I personally believe TRAVEL is a learning experience and schools should be totally okay if/when parents want to take their kids out of school to travel. I truly believe that I learned WAY MORE on my travel-ventures when I was younger than actually in school (my mom signed me up for all these summer camps over seas)… Best idea ever!

Sarah Bailey January 24, 2018 - 1:04 am

Sadly over here they fine parents who take children out of school in term time, which I think is a bit naughty (I don’t have kids) but I do believe you can learn so much when away.

Ada January 24, 2018 - 6:18 am

I don’t have kids yet so I don’t have to worry about this as of right now but I will have to keep these in mind for the future.

emma white January 24, 2018 - 11:48 am

I have to say our school is really good and as long as its an educational place we visit they are quite good at allowing the children time off to come

EG III January 24, 2018 - 10:16 pm

Great advice and I definitely plan to allow my daughter to travel during the school year once she is age appropriate. It’s puts the in the environment to get a global education without books.

LavandaMichelle January 24, 2018 - 5:58 pm

Traveling is one of the best learning experiences, I think you would learn more about… let say Tokyo by traveling then by a geography text book. School should allow it more.

Erica D Ardali January 25, 2018 - 2:10 am

This is good information. My son is a senior in high school so not really an issue for us anymore, but I know parents that could benefit from this

Yona Williams January 25, 2018 - 4:44 am

I don’t know if every state and school operates this way, but kids get nice chunks of vacation throughout the schoolyear around here. It’s a good thing to stay on top of the homework when vacationing though, because my nephew’s school sometimes piles it on.

Cat January 25, 2018 - 3:05 pm

I wish my family took more vacations throughout the year! We may have to take some inspiration from your family and do what yall did!

Khushboo January 25, 2018 - 6:54 pm

That is an interesting idea. I wouldn’t want kids to miss school but on the other hand it is great vacation during the off season 🙂

Mira January 26, 2018 - 2:32 pm

Great tips! Finding out what your school’s policy is, is very important. Our school is very flexible, so I was surprised to find out that my friend’s school has 0 tolerance for vacation-related absences.

Blair villanueva January 26, 2018 - 10:16 pm

Some schools are considerate for students who often travels, even giving them homeworks so that kids won’t be late to all the lessons. If all schools are like that, it would be fun! Kids would have opportunity to do travel and study their lessons.

Angela January 27, 2018 - 3:10 am

Vacations are pretty awesome, I just can’t pull the kids outta school on good conscious.

Keki Cannon January 29, 2018 - 7:59 pm

love this idea and the kids look like they are having a blast!! we take one trip but since the kids are older it is harder to miss school


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