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Last week, my district’s school board approved the school calendar for 2021-2022. I was giddy with excitement!
Now that my kids are older, we live and die by the school calendar. Missing high school and even middle school for trips is a much bigger deal than it was to miss elementary school. Making up work in those higher grades is significantly more difficult. So, we now plan the majority of our travels within the confines of the school calendar.
Spring Break Week
The first thing I looked at was the date for spring break week in 2022. We already have a cruise booked for the week I hoped would be spring break (moved from a canceled 2021 cruise). Thankfully, I predicted the correct week for spring break, and we can keep our plans (assuming cruises are back in swing by 2022).
Next, I looked to see what 3-day weekends are on the calendar. We have a few due to Monday holidays and teacher work days.
My family plans to visit colleges during these extended weekends, hopefully getting official tours on a day that classes are actually in session. I can’t even believe we will be at this stage in the fall!
End of the School Year
The first day of school doesn’t mean that much to us since my oldest has to be back in town a few weeks before that for sports team tryouts. But, the last day is important.
I was happy to see that for the second year in a row, school is ending a week before Memorial Day. This gives us the opportunity to travel in late May at a time when many other schools around the country are still in session.
My family is still tossing around travel ideas for Summer 2022, but a trip to Europe is definitely on our agenda. An early start to that trip could help us avoid summer crowds.
Are you excitedly waiting on the school calendar to plan your trips?
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Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.