- 3 years ago
- Wedding: August 2015
Our little one’s been sick for the past few days with a pretty standard cold. Today we dropped her off at school and five minutes later we got a call from the nurse’s office saying that she had a fever and that she needed to go home.
We were a bit puzzled because our little one was far sicker for the past few days than she was today, and had completely normal, if not high energy for the entire morning. I felt her forehead before going off to school, and she felt normal.
But, the nurse called and said she had a fever, so fair enough, we re-grouped for the day and drove back to get her.
When we got home my fiance took her temperature because both of us were really perplexed. She didn’t have a fever. Ugh. SO annoying. And she was upset about missing school 🙁
I understand completely that the school nurse has to draw the line somewhere and keep the school as germ-free as possible, but grrrr this was frustrating. She essentially just had a stuffy nose and was too sick for school. Again, grrrrrr.
I take the stand point of as long as my child is not ill to the point where they cannot gain anything from going to school for the day, they go. A fever means that they will be staying home. Or if they have something really contageous like strep or something, it obviously makes sense to stay home.
But ultimately I think it is important to teach that the world doesn’t stop just because we had a sniffle. This also makes it easier for my fiance and I to KNOW when she is REALLY sick, or if it is just a mild cold. It makes her more able to judge it as well when everything is not a catastrophic illness, if that makes sense?
We tend to judge based on her symptoms, but also the innate parental “knowing.” Her energy levels, how her eyes look, etc.
I know that this is somewhat of a polarizing topic for parents, but out of curiosity what is your line for when your sick child stays home from school or not?