School year calendars varies from state to state, district to district and in some cases school to school in the U.S. We know that there are examples of schools that have start dates prior to the first arrivals of our AFS host students. And in some cases, the school requires exchange students to be present on the first day of school in order to be accepted.
In these instances the TDS (Team Development Specialist) has the ability to make what is know as an "Early Arrival Request" through Global Link. The Hosting Operations Department will review these requests and communicate directly to our AFS Partner to determine if it is possible to have the host student arrive during the early arrival dates.
If you have a situation like this in your area, please contact your TDS (Team Development Specialist).