Sick Kids

Today, I received a text from Isaac’s nurse shortly after they got to school. It was to inform me that there is a “bug” going around the school and lots of kids with fever. It was followed by word that the entire class that uses his classroom in the morning had been sent home with fever and what they are assuming is the flu….. the entire class.
I dropped what I was doing and went to get Isaac, trying to minimize his exposure, but knowing the damage may be done. I understand that sometimes our kids may not show symptoms until they get to school, but I do not believe for a second that every one of those kids was healthy when they got on a bus this morning.
It is hard to explain the anger and frustration we feel. This isn’t the first time this year that we have heard that a sick child was sent to school, I’m also sure it won’t be the last. I do know that the school principal has already sent a letter to all families asking that they consider some of the medically fragile children before sending their sick kids to school.
What these parents fail to realize is that what they consider no big deal may not be a big deal to their kid, but to mine and many others it can be. Isaac very easily ends up hospitalized for things like the flu.
The last time Isaac threw up, he tore a hole in his esophagus – and that was a few years ago when it was in much better shape than it is now. Even “just the flu” could be a disaster for MY kid.
I’m disillusioned with the lack of respect for community shown at the school. It is more than one child, it is a community of children. They spend their days together – they eat together, play together and learn together. Along with community comes responsibility. As parents we should care about the children in our child’s community.
If your child is sick -keep them home, get over the loss of a paid day off and cuddle them – all while showing some compassion and love for their entire community.

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