Parents cheer as dad sets school principal straight on family vacations

Parents across the country are rallying behind a Pennsylvania father who sent a powerful letter to his 9-year-old twins’ school principal over an outrageous school policy against family vacations.

Rossi’s family. Photo source: Facebook.

Mike Rossi’s letter was in response to a note he received from Principal Rochelle Marbury that his twins’ absence from school would be marked as “unexcused” after they took a family vacation to see the Boston Marathon earlier this month.

Rossi posted the principal’s note to Facebook and got quite a reaction.

“Dear Mr. and Mrs. Rossi:

“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, regardless of the activities involved in the trip.

“The school district is not in the position of overseeing family vacations or evaluation the educational nature of a family trip…”


Not in the business of overseeing family vacations? Since when did school authorities think they could even insinuate such an invasion?

Oh yea. Since socialist progressive policies have taken hold.

Thankfully, parents like Rossi aren’t afraid to expose and stand up to personal encroachments committed by government employees who are paid by taxpayers.

And no reaction to the offending letter was better than Rossi’s. He eloquently, succinctly and sternly put Marbury and the overreaching attendance policy in its place.

Rossi’s response taken from his Facebook page:

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.

They also experienced first-hand the love and support of thousands of others cheering on people with a common goal.

At the marathon, they watched blind runners, runners with prosthetic limbs and debilitating diseases and people running to raise money for great causes run in the most prestigious and historic marathon in the world.

They also paid tribute to the victims of a senseless act of terrorism and learned that no matter what evil may occur, terrorists can not deter the American spirit.

These are things they won’t ever truly learn in the classroom.

In addition our children walked the Freedom Trail, visited the site of the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre and the graves of several signers of the Declaration of Independence.

These are things they WILL learn in school a year or more from now. So in actuality our children are ahead of the game.

They also visited an aquarium, sampled great cuisine and spent many hours of physical activity walking and swimming.

We appreciate the efforts of the wonderful teachers and staff and cherish the education they are receiving at Rydal Elementary School. We truly love our school.

But I wouldn’t hesitate to pull them out of school again for an experience like the one they had this past week.

Thank you for your time.

Michael Rossi

Rossi response was met with resounding accolades from liberty loving parents everywhere.

“Good for you and shame on them,” read one comment.

“That is awesome!! How dare they tell us when to educate our children outside the classroom in any way we want,” read another.

But they do dare, and it will keep happening until parents push back.


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