UPDATE Sept. 7/2010 - Well, he didn't go to school. He was up most of the night with a horrible cough and a 103 degree fever so I took him to the urgent care clinic after I dropped the girls off and he has bronchitis. The doctor prescribed antibiotics and an inhaler and said he should be okay to go to school tomorrow or the next day.
However, my DD with a social anxiety does worse with things when she is even a tiny bit under the weather, so I wouldn't send her if she was still sort of sick.
I'm sorry things aren't going smoothly for your start of the school year.
but everything has pros and cons
I'm hesitant to take him to the doctor because my middle child had the same thing about 2 weeks ago and we did take her and they said it was just the flu.
Give him some tylenol before school and he should be fine.
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just to be on the safe side. (thursday through sunday seems like a long time for a fever to me)
but everything has pros and cons
Now, if you are CERTAIN that he is no longer contagious, then that's a different story. Then it just depends on his own comfort level. But if you think there is a chance that he is still contagious, no way.
There are kids in that class with asthma. The flu is not benign for them or their families (I have asthma. DD gave me a bug that put me in the hospital this past Spring and I am going to be dealing with the medical fall out for a year. Situations like yours are why I am hoping to homeschool.)
I would talk to the teacher about other ways to integrate your child into school. I can't believe your only option is to send him regardless of its impact on anyone else.
So no. I would keep him home. I don't think is is fair to him or anyone else.
Besides, the impression you will make as the parent who sends sick kids to school is not necessarily the one you'll want to live with for the next year.
And if you aren't sure if he's contagious call the ped and ask.
Not only do you put other kids and teachers at risk of being sick ( for 5+ days), but you also will send him with a lower immune system and put the risk that he will pick up something new.
As PP said- even in light of you unique situation---you should think that there may be students in the classroom (or staff members) that could seriously get sick if your son is still contagious. He may have gotten sick for 5 days...someone else it may be twice as long or they may develop complications.
As a parent----I would be upset if I saw an obviously ill child at school. Flu-ish symptoms can be serious.
He would not be the only child to miss, the first two weeks are often ones of transition and kids moving classes, in/out of the area.
His anxiety will be worse if he is feeling ill on top of the first day of school. High anxiety also lower immune function.
If a fever is still present, the illness is most likely still contagious. A person should be fever free for 24 hours (NO Tylenel or Motrin) before returning to school/work.
The school nurse will also potentially send him home if he looks/acts ill. That would be more upsetting to most kids than just staying home anyway.
As I teacher, I REALLY appreciate when parents stick to the 24-hours free of fever rule before sending their kids. It does no one any good to have a teacher out sick for a week... a sub just isn't the same, the teacher gets more than a week behind in all the behind the scenes work, and if different parents send their sick kids, it can happen over and over again to the poor teacher. I can't believe how many times I've had kids practically passing out in my classroom, or coming right up to my face to whisper they are too sick to do the work... UGH. The germs are all part of being a teacher, but a little consideration is appreciated.
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