Michael Rossi Knew School's Rule, Says 'Unexcused Absences' From Boston Marathon Vacation To Be Discussed Wednesday

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Michael Rossi says he knows Rydal Elementary School's policy states that family vacations are considered "unexcused absences," but when he and his wife Cindy took their children on a family vacation to the Boston Marathon and he received a letter from the school's principal, Rochelle Marbury, he says it rubbed him the wrong way. Instead of participating in standardized testing (testing which he told the principal his children "could take any time"), his children spent schooldays April 17, 20, and 21 cheering on their dad while he ran the marathon that he had "long dreamed of running" and exploring one of the nation's oldest cities, according to Philadelphia Magazine.

Rossi, once a host of Dancin' On Air, a local music show that has featured famous artists including Madonna, says he is a responsible, involved parent.

"I'm really active in the school. I take them every day. I chaperone all of the class trips that I can. I go to the field day and all activities. I even make videos for the classrooms and show them at the end of the year — highlights from the year. And I go in and read a couple of times a year. These rules should be in place for parents who aren't involved and who, in some cases, don't even know their kids are absent. This is not for responsible parents trying to teach their kids the right things and teach them about the world outside the classroom."

— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@myfoxla) April 28, 2015

The principal wrote a letter to Michael Rossi saying that Abington School District recognizes absences due to family trips as unexcused absences and that the district isn't in a position to evaluate the educational nature of these trips. The full details were covered by Inquisitr as the story first went viral on Facebook. Rossi's post about his children's unexcused absences is now viral, but contrary to media reports, Rossi says he isn't in a battle with the principal.

"I'M NOT TAKING ON THE PRINCIPAL! It's this one little school district policy I have an issue with. Headline writers....ugh"

[Photo via Michael Rossi/Facebook]