I agree. I am a mother of four children ages 14, 13, 11 and 8. We are a family of six. When one person gets sick, it spreads through our house like wildfire, then when the last person gets through it, the next virus has started.(this only occurs during flu season).
I received a POLICE DELIVERED truancy paper from the school today because of the number of days my son has missed. I found this extremely demeaning as a parent. I WILL NOT SEND MY CHILD TO SCHOOL SICK! If more parents kept their ill children home, maybe attendance wouldn't be such a huge issue in the schools.
The thing that gets me is I have given the school written excuses from a doctor taking my child off from school for "X" amount of days and the state and school get to override a doctors orders?
So, let me see if I understand this..... I am to send my child to school vomitting, fever, body aches, headaches and ignore a doctor who says keep him home? Wow! Last time I checked, this is MY CHILD whom I am responsible for, whom I have to pay the doctor bills for, whom I have to take care of when sick and I have to cave to these stupid laws all so the schools can get their "numbers" to get their money? Ummmmm...... not going to happen. Bottom line, my kid is sick, my kid stays home. PERIOD! That is being a responsible parent!
I can see if a parent is truly being "educationally neglectful" ( as my paper stated) by letting a child continually stay home for no reason other than to let them stay home, but who are these people to say when and how often someone can be sick? I had no idea we could pick and choose when to be sick! I choose then to NEVER be sick.
This is a ridiculous law and it needs to change. This is a great example of why I am a current law student. This is the type of law I aim to change. I will not change my policy as a parent and if that means I go to court, so be it.