Last night we got a note from my children's school saying there were three (vaccinated) children that had come down with the chicken pox. I (maybe not so) secretly thought "YAY! Maybe my children will catch it and we'll finally have some chance of natural immunity!" I knew that the chances were slim as it is a huge school of 640 students and only three were infected but I had hope.
Fast forward to this afternoon. I got a call from the school nurse saying I had to come and pick up all three of my sons because the County Board of Health mandated that they be out of school for the next 21 days because of the outbreak. Okay, I was kind of expecting this but it was still a little shocking. What really shocks me is that after talking to the school nurse, the vice principal and the principal, none of them know whether or not my children will be considered truant. The nurse did tell me that their absences will not be excused, even though it is not my choice to have them gone.
The nurse was "nice" enough to quite forcefully "offer" me information on where I could have my children vaccinated so they could return to school by next Tuesday (no school Friday or Monday due to inservice). I told her that our religious views (the reason we do not vaccinate) were unlikely to change by then, but thank you for the offer.
I also found out that one of the three infected students was in my middle son's class so we actually have a better chance of catching this. I figure if we're going to be home for 21 days, we might as well be poxy.