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Re: Band camp conflicts
As long as you or any of us continue to allow "the same exact kids" to miss any band rehearsal/non-crucial event, it will continue. Football and cheerleading seem to have the answer you need. Do what they do or stop complaining about this issue. Sharing kids is necessary. Kids just not showing up is on you. As for family vacations, tell them to be careful, have fun, and share pictures when they return. Good luck.
It's funny how kids can't be at summer band but often the same exact kids never miss football practice or cheerleading practice in the summer. This problem seemed to exist even before Covid-19. In your scenario, I don't know. In my program I take it case by case and base it on communication or the lack thereof. Also for me, if they want a leadership position they have to be there. They can still be in band and have a spot but not the leadership position. If they can't be there when it counts, what guarantee does the band have that they won't miss a crucial performance where their services are needed? You know your kids and parents better than anyone on this board. But then again, who knows if we will be having football or band in August. On the other hand, I guess one could say, how do they know if the vacation industry will be opened up in August or if travel will still be discouraged? A lot variables.