Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few weeks, you've probably heard that we're in the midst of a flu epidemic in this country -- and we still have a couple months to go before the season peaks.
And in addition to the flu, there are a whole host of other nasty bugs floating around out there. Like many parents I know, I'm getting sick and tired of my kid bringing home all sorts of funky ailments from school.
Right before the Christmas break this year, I attended a holiday concert at my son's elementary school. And while I was sitting there trying to enjoy the music, I found myself being distracted, shocked, and appalled over how many kids were hacking up a lung, sneezing all over the place, and who looked flushed, feverish, and miserable.
And the only thought that kept running through my mind was, "What the hell is wrong with their parents? Why are they sending them to school sick?"
Yes, you heard me right. I'm judging parents who send their kids to school sick. And I'm not talking about kids who have allergies, or a little sniffle, or maybe a slight cough from a cold they just can't seem to shake.
I'm referring to the kids who are visibly (and audibly) sick -- with fevers, flu, or some sort of infection that obviously needs to be treated with antibiotics and a ton of rest.
Parents who send sick kids to school are the reason our healthy kids are getting sick -- and it's just not fair. And I honestly can't understand why they are sending their kids to school when they're sick, but I'm guessing it's because they're either selfish, lazy, or just plain careless. Or a combination of all three.
My son has been sick with every bug under the sun since the school year started in September, and I'm positive that school is to blame. He's had the stomach bug. He's had a sinus infection and horrible cough. And right after school let out for the holiday break, he was diagnosed with the flu. (And then of course, I caught the flu from him, which has taken me over a week to get over.)
And just this morning, he woke up a bit congested and sniffly, so I'm really not getting my hopes up about him remaining germ-free for the rest of the year. You know what else? I'm 100 percent confident that if I went over to his school right this second, I'd be greeted with the sounds of plenty of coughs, clearing-of-throats, and sneezes.
And it HAS to stop.
Parents, please, PLEASE stop sending your children to school when they are sick. You're making life unnecessarily miserable for the rest of us who do the right thing by keeping them home when they're ill -- even if it means having to scramble to rearrange our busy schedules.
Take them to the doctor. Let them rest and sleep on the couch all day. I don't care what you do -- just don't send them to school to infect my kid. (I'm begging you.)
How sick do you think is "too sick" to go to school?
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by Babybear89January 11, 2013 at 3:26 PMHigh fever and vomiting
by MaryanneMacJanuary 11, 2013 at 5:11 PM
High fever and vomiting
by jbyrd898January 11, 2013 at 5:35 PM
fever, vomiting, sore throat, a rash
by eds6619January 11, 2013 at 7:40 PM
any fever, in my opinion
runny nose that isn't clear
by Morrigan333January 12, 2013 at 11:07 AM
If my kid sounds like she has a phlegm cough..she stays home. She's adhd so it she was hacking and coughing not only would she disturb others, she'd disturb herself, and probably not be too darn productive that day anyway, I say keep em home.
by sheena696January 13, 2013 at 8:16 AM
When my son has a fever and has that "look" I know he is too sick to go to school. When my son gets sick, he gets pretty pale and I can just tell that he doesn't feel good.
by hcdeubof3January 13, 2013 at 10:37 AM
Oh boy...this one irks me because I have gone around with the nurse at school. My oldest gets a nasty sounding cough every time he gets a cold. The pedi thinks it might be asthma related and brought on by colds, but there is really nothing that can be done. If he has a fever I keep him home, otherwise he is at school. The reason being is that if I keep him at home he is bunching off the wall and. No reason he can't learn. I'm also not one who is in favor of constant antibiotics. Yes they are good, but our bodies need a chance too. And kids are Petri dishes they need to get sick in order to build up an immune system. It is our job as parents to teach good hygiene. Ok...I'm off my soapbox now
by AleaKatJanuary 13, 2013 at 10:39 AMHigh fever, vomiting, coughing up a lung.....
January 13, 2013 at 10:44 AMIn my daycare these are the rules:
24 hrs must pass after the last diarrhea or throw up episode and fever breaking WITHOUT fever reducing meds.
the child must be able to participate in daily activities
And in some cases a doctors note
by jbyrd898January 13, 2013 at 5:08 PM
Its so hard too, becuase you dont want your little one to give anything to someone else.