As an elementary school nurse, I say a hearty
"THANK YOU" to all those parents who exercise good sense and keep their sick young'uns at HOME. I am just about going crazy with parents who keep sending their kids to school sick, day after day. I sent one kid home every day Mon, Tues, and Wed. I told her the first day to take the vomiter home and keep him home at least 24 hours(no sooner than Weds.) Sure enough, he shows up Tues morning, vomiting again. Another call home--please kindly keep your little germ vector at home, he's making other kids sick now. Darned if she didn't send that kind in AGAIN the next day.
Only this time, he has a fever of 103! I told her he was not to come back under ANY circumstances until next Monday.
Come on, parents. Surely they know that giving a kid a dose of Advil at 6am for their 101 degree fever isn't going to cure him, right? I get an avalanche of kids between 10:30 and 12:00 who's meds have worn off. I even had one vomiting kid tell me she had vomited 3 times the night before. This was a 2nd grader, so we're not talking about HS. When I called her mom, she freely admitted that the girl had been vomiting during the night, but she "thought she would be okay this morning." Um, no. Your daughter is now covered in vomit and God only knows how many other kids she's infected. Thanks a lot, Mom of the Year.
Oh, and the kid from the first class?? Yeah. I found out there are four diagnosed cases of influenza in his class (out of 14 kids) and 2 of them sit at his table.