With the summer coming to an end and the school year once again right around the corner, many students along with their parents and teachers are already looking forward to their next vacation.
However, radio personality Mike Rossi took his kids on a family vacation during the school year and came home to an unfriendly surprise.
When Mike and his family returned home from their family trip they received a scathing letter from the school principal.
The letter that was directed at ‘Mr. and Mrs. Rossi’ read: ‘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.’
The letter went on to say: ‘the school district is not in the position of overseeing family vacations or evaluating the educational nature of a family trip.’
‘The dates 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.’
So, rather than have the school dictate how he raises his children, Mike decided to pen his own scathing letter.
He started off by saying: ‘Dear Madam Principal, while I appreciate your concern for our children’s education, I can promise you they learned as much in the five days we were in Boston as they would in an entire year in school.’
‘Our children had a once-in-a-lifetime experience, one that can’t be duplicated in a classroom or read in a book. In the 3 days of school they missed (which consisted of standardized testing that they could take any time) they learned about dedication, commitment, love, perseverance, overcoming adversity, civic pride, patriotism, American history, culinary arts and physical education.’
‘They watched their father overcome, injury, bad weather, the death of a loved one and many other obstacles to achieve an important personal goal.’
In his conclusion he stated that he is ‘not angry’, he did not make this ‘viral’ and that he also does not like coconuts.