Six kids absent today on the first day back after holiday break. Six. I seriously doubt all six were ill. Given a FB conversation by a few friends who live in the same district where I work, I'm wagering that many parents elected to keep kids home because they have the day off of work and to watch the rose parade. It tends to be standard procedure in this district. I'm not sure how I feel about it. When teachers are villified by politicians and the general public for not doing our job, and parents are stretching vacations by a few days on each end for their own convenience...shouldn't a conversation happen?