A recent article on the PopSugar website pretty much said what all teachers and some parents wanted to say, but could never really bring themselves to do. And the really upsetting thing about it is that it should not have to be said—it should be common knowledge.
Please stop sending your sick kids to school—please, please stop!!
Anyone who has either been sick themselves or have cared for another individual sick, whether that person is a child or an adult, are more than aware of what the responsibility of effectively caring for another individual who is sick entails.
More often than not, it will require taking time off from work, to care for the individual properly, or if time cannot be taken off, there is the added problem of finding a babysitter if that involves a child. Good luck on that one—as more often than not many babysitters will not answer the call for fear of contracting the illness themselves—and honestly, who could blame them?
Most parents tend to ignore the signs of illness, sweeping them under the run, mainly because of the problems with either being unable to care for, or finding someone else to care for the sick child. Teachers want to remind all parents that just because your child is not currently vomiting, is not to be seen as an indication that they are not sick.
As a result, do not send them to school with a cold, fever or even an upset stomach because that just isn't fair to the teachers or other students in their class. Any parent knows that kids will, more often than not, fib about being sick just so that they can get a day off from school. But, in the same vein, most parents can spot a fib such as this, and know the 411 from the jump.
If a child is sneezing and coughing there is a good possibility they are sick. Many parents seem to equate that the term “sick” has to go hand in hand with vomiting. Nothing is furthest from the truth in fact, and as such any symptoms such as fever, chills, aches, sneezing, coughing, or an upset stomach should always clue parents in that something is just not right.
What it really comes down to is both common sense and consideration for those individuals that may, as a result of sending your sick child to school, will become sick themselves.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Should parents send their sick children to school, letting teachers deal with taking care of the child as well as infecting fellow students?