To the Editor:
I wrote an angry letter to the editor recently about District 155 only allowing students six undocumented absences a year, after which you have to take your child to the doctor every time they get a cold.
Well, turns out the problem lies with our state legislators, who passed a law that allows fewer days where your kid may have a cold and a fever, or just feels bad, and parents can just call the attendance line to explain the absence. Insurance companies must be so happy!
Doctors offices are overwhelmed during cold and flu season, And if you hang out in the doctor’s office and you are not sick, you probably will be soon. I’m an R.N., and I know that people are usually contagious before they exhibit symptoms. Parents are pretty good at deciding when their kids need to see a doctor, and when the doctor will just say rest, liquids, acetaminophen or ibuprofen, and call if it gets worse.
Many of us already did that when our kids were really young, and we were more nervous. In our family, if you miss school, you have to stay in bed, and the only electronic equipment available to you is the TV. So, staying home sick isn’t just a day off when you’re tired or bored.
To our state legislators, you’ll be getting your letter soon. Parents are pretty good at parenting, better than you are at running the state.
Apologies to our school administrators.