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Moms Talk: How Sick is Too Sick For School?

We want to know how you decide when to miss school because of illness

A sniffle. A wee cough. Pink cheeks. Might be the onset of the flu or could just be one of the many little pseudo-colds that children bring home weekly from school.

Short of a raging fever, it can be a tough call to decide whether to send your child to school. Are they well enough to play? Feeling good enough to learn? Will the other parents look at you in horror when you bring your child to the classroom? There are so many factors to consider.

And heaven forbid your child ever "get sick" at school. That's never pretty, and it's terrifying for your children to go through that in front of their peers.

So, we at North Canton Patch want to know: What is your yardstick for judging illness? How do make the call on attending school? Do the reasons change according to the age of your child? Does the season play a part?

Kori Simm October 12, 2011 at 01:39 PM
If the child is running a fever, they should not go to school
Denise McDannold October 12, 2011 at 01:40 PM
Of course any fever at all, vomiting, discolored and very runny nose , junk in the eyes and red.I hate when people know their kids are sick and send them to school and makes other kids sick. And teach them to wash their hands more than usual when sick
Morgan Day (Editor) October 12, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Here's a comment from Charlene Hawkins Stocker on our Facebook page: "I agree with Kori. If it's just a sniffle/cold, they can go. Obviously anything that recquires an antibiotic such as strep throat, etc., home for a day or so."
Kristina Bunnell October 12, 2011 at 06:16 PM
Obviously when they have fevers or worse they stay home. We all have awful seasonal allergies though and I'll let them stay home if they are having a bad allergy day. I can usually tell by chatting with them over breakfast if they aren't going to be able to get anything productive out of the day.
Emily Chesnic October 13, 2011 at 12:59 PM
I agree, Denise! It is sad when parents send their kids to school sick and then they spread the germs. And you are right, every child needs reminded this time of year how important it is to wash their hands and often! Also, they need reminded not to share food and drinks with their friends. I see so many children drinking off each other and it makes me cringe.
Emily Chesnic October 13, 2011 at 01:02 PM
What a good mom you are, Kristina! I think it is great that you take the time to really see if your child is well enough for class. I think too many parents send their children off to school sick because it is most convenient for them (then they won't need t stay home from work or find a babysitter). If the child is not feeling well, though, then you are right, they won't have a productive day, and they may end up getting worse. :(
Denise McDannold October 13, 2011 at 06:54 PM
So true Emily sharing drinks and food is a nono. My son won't even drink after me so I have him trained well.We are always cleaning our hands

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