How to Take Your Child Out of School for a Disney World Vacation

Kids miss school for DisneyHave we lost our minds? Of course, not! We’re about to make your Disney World experience a whole lot more enjoyable. You see, Disney World is a popular place – so popular that these days it’s getting hard to find a time to visit the parks without battling with enormous crowds and long lines. One of the biggest strategic elements to planning a Disney World vacation is visiting at a time where crowds are at a minimum. To do this, you might have to take your kids out of school in down-months like February and March (but not around Easter!).

Disney World is an once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially for kids who are at that magical young age where Mickey Mouse is just as real as Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy. They’re already getting 180 days of school this year. Why not let them skip out on three or four days, tack on a weekend, and create a vacation experience (sans crowds) with memories to last a lifetime?

How to Do It:

  • First and foremost, make sure you’re fully aware of how they’re doing in school. As much fun as Disney would be, no child who’s lagging behind in school should miss even more school for a Disney trip. Monitor your child’s homework, test scores, and teacher comments. It wouldn’t hurt to schedule a brief meeting with your child’s teacher to make sure he/she is keeping up with the class.
  • Secondly, find out what the school’s policy is on missing days. Some schools are fairly lenient about absence, while others draw a hard line.
  • If everything so far is lining up, try to get the trip approved as an “educational absence.” Seriously, this works sometimes! (If you’re visiting Epcot during one of their cultural festivals you might stand a better chance for the school approval.)
  • Lastly, don’t expect your child to do homework on the trip. It’s either vacation or it’s not.

What’s your take on this issue? Have you pulled your kids from school for a trip to Disney World? Did you get a World’s Best Parent coffee mug? Breakfast in bed at least?

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