DD told me she had a scratchy throat and congestion last night — the start of something, but I'm not sure what. I'm hoping it's not strep throat, as there have been some reports of kids coming to school with strep throat.
She didn't have a fever, and of course, she couldn't miss school.
Ugh. I hate the emphasis on school attendance because I really feel that it is counterproductive to what they're after. The other day, the school social worker actually told a group of us parents, "If they're not throwing up or about to faint, send 'em to school."
I'm really seeing more of that emphasis on school and workplace perfect attendance in the past few years. A former employer of mine used to do raffles each quarter to encourage attendance — each week, you'd submit a perfect attendance slip signed by your supervisor, and that ticket would enter you into a quarterly drawing. At the end of the year, you'd be entered into a grand prize drawing.
On the flip side, you couldn't report to work if you had a fever or an infection that wasn't treated by antibiotics for 24 hours, so at least they understood that.
What sort of attendance/sick policies does your work or school have? Does it make it easier to keep your family and yourself well? What would you change if you could?