How sick to your children need to be for you to keep them home from school?

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I don’t understand why the nurse knew she was sick in the first place? If your daughter just had a cold, surely she wouldn’t have gone to the office?

I teach dance and daycare, and I see far too many sick children. As much as kids get colds and I understand that, anything worse than that and they need to be at home. A lot of parents drop their kids off with contagious illnesses, fevers, the flu, etc. I’ve had a parent try and drop their child off after her having thrown up all night and in the morning. Why?! It’s just going to get the kids and the teacher sick, and the poor kid just needs to be in bed right now. I know it sucks that parents have to take time off work, but when you have a kid, that’s a commitment that you made.

Sorry if this sounds ranty, and I know you said you checked for a fever and there wasn’t one. I think the nurse blew it out of proportion if your kid didn’t want to go home. Hope your little one gets better!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Puking, diarrhea, fever or generally miserable. For a normal cold I would still send them.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

One time a nurse called in my mom because of my acne.  I was seeing a dermatogist and it wasn’t even all that bad.  Most people end up with at least one type in their life.  She was concerned it might be contagious.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m a teacher. If a kid is sneezing and coughing and sniffling all day they’re just spreading their germs. They’re really not learning. If a kid has a fever at all, they’re required to go home and not return for 24 hours after being fever free.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@freshflowers:  Yeah, my mom showed up just saying she was ‘checking in’ verified with the nurse it wasn’t anything contagious and then told me when I got home why she was there.  Way to drop a girl’s self esteem when she’s an early bloomer.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My son isn’t in school yet, he is only 2. But he goes to a licensed in home daycare. She will send a child home if the child is throwing up, diarrhea and anything above 100 for a fevor.  

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Yes, this is a tricky subject.

As an elementary school teacher, my advice is: if they’re the least bit contagious, please keep them home.

Remember, kids don’t take care of themselves as well as you take care of them at home – and if they’re one in a class of 15-20 (my largest was 35), they’re not being tended to the way you’d tend to them at home.

If they’re sick, and you send them to school, they risk getting their classmates sick – as well as getting their teacher sick.  Them missing a day or two is not detrimental to their education; the teacher missing a day or two is detrimental to ALL of the students’ educations.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

We won’t be sending our kids to school if they have a fever, are throwing up, have diarrhea, are in enough pain that they can’t concentrate, or if they’re contageous with something other than a cold (like strep throat, pink eye, fifths disease, extreme cough, etc.). My parents were really good about letting me stay home when I was sick, but my FI was NEVER allowed to stay home sick. We’ll definitely be doing something similar to what my parents did, because he found it miserable having to go when he really didn’t feel well.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@CanadaMoose:  How much do you hate “3 hour fevers”? When a kid gets dropped off, and three hours later (when the Tylenol wears off) they spike a 102-104F fever?

As a former preschool teacher, nothing bothered me quite like kids getting sent to school SUPER sick. Especially if it might be contagious! (Though I totally get that the sniffles/a cough can hang around FOREVER. I mean vomiting, explosive diarrhea, high fevers, etc)

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

@BrandNewBride:  Oh God that’s the worst. I just can’t understand parents who think it’s ok to put their sick child in a room with dozens of other children. What kills me is that this poor sick child needs to be sleeping and getting healthy, and instead, they’re running around in a germ-infested room (sorry, but no matter how often we sterilize, it’s gonna be germy) touching everything, putting their hands in their mouths, and playing with things like Play-Doh. Just let them stay home and get healthy!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

@freshflowers:  Fever, any vomiting within the past twenty four hours, constant cough, constantly runny nose & sneezing. I’d rather err on the side of keeping him home an extra day than risk making everyone else sick, and we’re fortunate that my job is very flexible and allows for that. I know not everyone is so fortunate so I try to be forgiving/understanding when some kids are sent to school in less than prime condition.

If he’s been sick for several days and is better, but still needs kleenex occasionally, I *will* send him, though, as long as he’s been fever-free for more than 24 hours. I make him take a box of tissues to school so he’ll have them.

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