Yesterday my kid was sick.
Okay, not very sick. A slight fever, a sore throat, body aches.
The sort of thing my mom kept me home from school for, in case it might be flu or strep or something contagious, because why take chances, not just with your kid's health, but with the health of the herd?
It's a difficult call to make with my kid's school, though, because she only gets five absent days per year. If she misses more than that, we run into trouble with school administration. (The penalties that accrue range from in-school suspension up to failure to failure to be promoted to the next grade, depending on how many absences we're talking.)
Now I entirely understand the reasoning here, believe me. We want kids in school, and we don't want parents (and kids) taking days off for random and frivolous reasons.
On the other hand, holy hell, kids do get sick. And they also need to visit dentists, doctors, and opticians. (Yeah, medical visits also have to come out of those five days.) Leaving me with the choice of sending my (possibly) sick kid to school, or keeping her home and burning a sick day -- which we might need later -- just not cool.
6 hours ago