Denver Broncos' Super Bowl Victory Parade Leads to 24,000 Absences from School

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2016

Fans at a rally following a parade through downtown Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 in Denver. Fans crowded into Denver's downtown to salute the Broncos for the team's victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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There's no denying that a child's education is important, but sometimes, there is an event that will lead to a lifetime memory and makes it worth missing a random Tuesday of school.

Sports may be games, but a championship celebration doesn't happen every year in most cities.

Just look at Kansas City last year. Back in November, some Kansas City-area schools recognized that and gave students and faculty a day off so they could celebrate the Royals' first World Series title in 30 years at the victory parade.

Those schools realized they were going to have an enormous amount of absences, so they just closed for the day. This past Tuesday, every school in Denver would have been better off doing the same.

According to the Denver Post's Yesenia Robles, Denver Public Schools announced that 24,152 of 90,234 students (roughly 27 percent) were absent—both excused and unexcused—for at least one period on the day of the Broncos' Super Bowl 50 parade.

While every school deals with absences, there were 9,268 more absences recorded on Tuesday than on Monday.

In other words, Broncos Fever spread throughout the Denver area.

Nobody is downplaying the importance of an education. However, a kid isn't going to remember what he or she learned in history class on a Tuesday in February. The kid will, on the other hand, remember going to a championship parade.

Unless you live in Boston, where this sort of thing happens seemingly on a yearly basis, you might go yearsor even decadeswithout being able to celebrate your favorite franchise's championship win.

[The Denver Post, Denver Broncos; h/t]