Hey mammas, so listen to this.....Our oldest DD (almost 12 and in 6th grade) is going to a science camp next week up in the mountains. The school has their undies in a bunch about swine flu etc, so they are planning the following: Before the trip, the teacher and aides are wanting to take every kid's temperature, and NOT let kids go if they are running a temp. HUH?? What parent on earth would send their kid to camp if the kid had a temp anyway, but more importantly.....what business does the SCHOOL have checking my kid's temperature, for a routine thing not illness related?? What the $$&&^@^ next, urine check? Am I crazy, or is this a big fat invasion of privacy? What would you do? My daughter is flipping out big time and saying I just have to let them check it next week, and I am like NO WAY are they going to give you medical checkups without my OK. Because that is what it amounts to....a medical checkup. The school claims they want to do it as a precaution, because last year a kid got the flu and infected a whole bunch of other kids, but I say that's a load of crap. The same kid could just as easily have infected them in the classroom. I am NOT OK with any of this. What would you do? I paid $350 for this stupid camp and they want to take my kid's temp?? Even WE don't take her temp at home. In twelve years of parenting five kids, I have never once taken a temp. It just is not relevant info. But that's beside the point. I'm livid.
All those years of homeschooling camp, and no one EVER mentioned taking a temp, or getting forms so my daughter could carry her Epi-Pens unhindered, or any other stupid dumb thing.
Should I stand my ground and not let her go if they are really going to insist on the temp thing? It's outrageous. She'd never forgive me if I didn't let her go, but there is a more important lesson to be learned, and that is that she needs to know that people cannot violate her personal body space for any reason whatsoever! If she goes to the nurse's office sick, that's one thing, and even then I would not want her temp taken. Just call me and I'll pick her up, whatever. But don't you think that she should know that people may not just do stuff to her because they say so?