I read an article this morning on schools and how kids are more prone to be sick, for longer lengths of time and sometimes crippling. It caused me to reflect on when my child was in a public school and how it effected his health. His first year in school went well for the first 3 months, and by December he had the flu. For the next two weeks it was trips to the doctor, and cool showers to keep his fevers under control. During that time this flu bug was passed on to me and landed me in a bed for 60 days. His second year in school was a repeat of the first, flu by December and passed on to me yet again. Third year same thing. His fourth year was when we decided to pull him out of the public school system and begin home schooling. December rolled around and we were all healthy! No flu, no colds, no nothing. His mother and I were talking about this a few nights ago, and it was her that commented on his good health. She inquired if I noticed that he has not been sick since he has been out of school? I chuckled and said yep, schools are just a huge petri dish of bugs waiting for a ride home. It is like playing ping-pong with the flu.
I went on to explain that schools do not see keeping kids home when they are sick as a priority, as a matter of fact they frown upon it. When our child was out of school for two weeks, the school reported us to the school board for having him four days longer than the ten allowed. Even after providing a doctors note that stated keep him out of school until he is fully recovered. The school claimed no child could possibly remain sick for two weeks and he should have recovered in five days. (yes they really said this) I went on the offensive and started asking the school what they were doing to inform teachers and parents about this issue. Nothing. I suggested flyers to be sent home with the kids before "flu season", they didnt see the point of it. Then the principal stated, and I quote, "We are concerned about our attendence numbers and keeping them up. If they are too low we lose federal grant money." Bingo, that was it right there. Keep the kids in school at whatever cost.
How many of your children have gotten caught in this cycle of illness? How many "bugs" have they caught that were totally unnecessary?
Here is part of the article I read and link to the full text: (this story covers indoor air, but I feel it goes further than that}
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/14/health...html?hpt=hp_c1(CNN) -- As a third-grader in Winsted, Connecticut, last year, Matthew Asselin was sick -- a lot. He was lethargic and plagued with a persistent wet cough, respiratory infections and painful headaches.
As the school year wound down, Matthew's health worsened. He was out for two weeks in the spring with pneumonia and then developed a sinus infection so severe he needed to spend the night at the hospital, where he received intravenous antibiotics and breathing treatments.
In all, Matthew missed 53 days of school.