My son started K this year and is already up to 8 or 9 of the 18 absences allowed.
I sent him today for an early release day (last day before break), and he was ok for the sing-along (I attended and kept an eye on him), but then had recess and all the running aggravated his coughing. At class party he sounded horrendous and I took him home within a minute of severe cough acting up. There were other moms present (2 were pregnant) and 20 kids in the room. I saw 2 moms shoot each other the eye roll of 'why is this kid here and so sick?' look.. (they didn't know I was his mom yet).
I kept DS home T and Wed, had him go in Th and teacher said he seemed fine, but today (fri) I felt so irresponsible for having him there!!
The issue is the 18 day limit on absences for the district; we are half-way there already.
I'm frustrated that public school is this way; I don't know what to do.
Would like to hear other people's experiences with the limited days and if it was negotiable in the end.. I will talk with principal when school is back in session in Jan..