Most times I’m pretty darn confident when it comes to parenting, except when it comes to deciding if my children are fit and and well enough for school.
Last year we had a few issues with the school regarding the boys attendance, their somewhat heavy handed approach to handling attendance has now left me questioning my decisions as to whether or not my child is sick enough to stay home from school.
Many parents take the no fever yes to school approach, which is so frustrating. Not every illness will have a high temperature and as a result kids are going in to school ill, passing germs around and making other kids ill.
Before you know it the class room is a glorified petri dish of germs.
At the moment Ethan has a disgusting cough, a sore throat, is horribly pale, has dark sunken eyes, is lethargic, isn’t sleeping and has gone off his food.
And I’m second guessing myself as to whether he should be at school today, or if I’ve made the right decision in keeping him wrapped up on the sofa with regular doses of cough medicine, fluids and lots of rest.
Schools are now so focused on league tables, stats and whatnot that the actual welfare of children seems to be slipping to the wayside. It doesn’t seem to matter that a child is ill, unable to focus or contribute, all whilst being a distraction to others in class, so long as they are present to make the numbers look good.
One parent at the school recently got up in arms over nits; she’s frustrated that her children have nits again because some parents haven’t been treating their kids, it’s a vicious nit passing circle.
Well I’m angry that my child is ill again because parents are too scared of the legal and monetary repercussions to keep a sick child off school.
Perhaps if schools took a more practical approach to illness rather than thinking of their targets there would actually be better attendance and productivity from children.
How do you decide if you child is sick enough to justify being home from school?
Or do you send them in regardless?