This is sometimes a really hard decision. When is a kid to sick to go to school and/or when should you just send them? When my boys were young it was so much different than it is now. There wasn’t the amount of daycare there is now so people didn’t miss work if they has a sick child. So many people just didn’t work. But it’s a real problem now.
This was on Good Question one day last week and they had a school nurse giving her opinion. Certainly some things are no brainers. High fevers or puking or even just coughing hard or a really sore throat or a really miserable cold. I think we all know when our kids are sick and when they should stay home. But, working in a school for as long as I did, you can’t believe the shape some kids are sent to school in.
I used to make a deal with my boys. If for some reason, not counting a test they had to take but on a day if they just felt like staying home, they had to be honest with me and tell me they just wanted a day off. Once or twice a year, I’d let them stay home. We all need a day off but I hated being lied to so if they were honest, I’d let them have a day. But if they lied, they knew I’d take them to school WHEN I found out they lied. They knew I would. They also knew that if they stayed home, there would be no outside activities. Jason was in a sport no matter what time of year it was so he didn’t pull the sick card very often and Toby couldn’t tell a lie to save his soul so this wasn’t really a problem for me.
But this is a problem for a lot of people so what do you do? How do you decide if your kids need to stay home other than the obvious? I know someone that drugs her kids up if they have a fever because she feels she can’t miss work and this way at least she can get half a day in until the meds wear off and the daycare calls with “that call” to come pick up her child. Some parents fight over who should stay home. Should she or should he?
I also used the “go to school and if you don’t feel better, I’ll come and get you.” Sometimes we just don’t feel up to par but feel better if we are up and at-em. But then you take the chance that the poor kid will puke on the bus or in class so that’s hard too because when you go to pick them up they tell you in front of the school nurse “I told you I didn’t feel good” and you stand there feeling like a schmuck. I hear a lot of blame going around too. Some parents get mad if other kids go to school sick. But, in all reality, by the time your showing symptoms, it’s already been spread around. Colds and flu’s are always going to go around and most people agree if it’s just normal coughing and some congestion, kids really shouldn’t miss school for that.
So I was curious to what you all thought or what you do. What makes you decide to keep your kids home from school? Do you have anyone to stay with them if you just CAN’T miss work?