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Its ridiculous how often kids are getting sick at school. dd is coming up on her 1st month there and has already missed 1/3 of it due to illness. I'm not the only parent who is not happy about there kids always getting sick. We may be out for a couple weeks now, I have to take dd to the Dr today because I'm sure she has pneumonia again. She's been pretty healthy the last 2 years and only sick sick once in the last year. She's been in preschool school full time the last year in a 1 room building separated by 6 foot high room dividers to separate the classrooms and there were around 100 kids in there. Rarely were any of the kids sick. Why? Because the school was VERY proactive in preventing the spread of germs, every child was looked over at arrival or signs of illness like cough, runny nose ect and if they showed any signs they were not allowed to stay. (allergies required a Dr's note) Because of this strict policy parents didn't even try to sneak the kid in drugged because as soon as it wore off you'd be getting a phone call anyway. They also pushed handwashing after pretty much every activity it seemed. As a result we only saw 1 cold in the last year<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I asked dd's school what measures they took to ensure kids stay healthy and they looked at me like I had 2 heads. I'd at least like to get them to start a hand washing campaign to stop the spread of germs and bring down the sick days rate. I'm ready to pull dd from school today because of this but I'm willing to approach this to see what we can do but this constant getting sick has gotta stop.
 

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Oh, I am SO with you on this one. My DD is in first grade and neither last year nor this year do the teachers direct the children to wash their hands before eating, and they eat twice a day (lunch and snack). We always wash before eating at home, but DD just isn't going to remember to do it herself if the rest of the class is just lining up to go to the lunchroom or sitting down for snack time.<br><br>
I'm thinking of going to the principal with this idea. It's simple - I just think the teachers have to make it a requirement. There is a sink in each classroom, and two or three kids can stand at it at one time. It really wouldn't take all that long to get all the kids' hands washed - they do it after art, don't they? It just drives me nuts that something this simple that would help so much is totally ignored at school.
 

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At ds's preschool they wash hands before snack, before lunch, and before assisting in any food prep. I also have ds wash his hands in the classroom before we leave for the day. I think it is entirely reasonable for them to have kids wash their hands before eating.<br><br>
No runny noses would be hard one though. Sure it would be nice, but some kids have runny noses for weeks after getting a cold, and I can't imagine that parents would go for having their kids stay home for two weeks after having a cold that lasted 3 days. Same for coughs.<br><br>
I personally am with you on the germs thing, and would love for no runny noses, etc., to be allowed, but don't think it is realistic.
 

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At my ds' school the kindergarten teachers instituted a wipes policy--they asked the parents to donate baby wipes and they handed them out after each recess. I saw kids there washing their hands all day whenever I volunteered too, but it's much harder to do in later years when there are not always sinks in the classroom. But having the kids use wipes is better than nothing in my opinion, maybe you could suggest it to the teacher, or start sending your child with some and instructions to use them--even have the doctor "prescribe" them when you go to see the doctor with some written instructions to the school?
 

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Maybe you could start by writing a letter to the principal saying you are very concerned with the fact that proper hygiene is not encouraged. Everyone should always wash their hands before eating, as well as after using the bathroom. Not providing the children with a reminder and opportunity to do so is putting them at risk for disease.<br><br>
Just that might do the trick, make the school a little worried about their liability. A dated letter can be a powerful thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I was going to write a letter to the principal, but as I was planning to stop by the classroom to see the teacher this morning for another reason entirely (that reason being the fact that she reads stories about DEAD LADIES WITH NO EYES to first graders!!! But that's another thread! :LOL ), I figured I'd mention it.<br><br>
She said she does line up the kids at snack time to give them each a squirt of hand sanitizer, but for some reason said it's harder at lunch time. I asked if perhaps a pump dispenser of the stuff could be positioned by the door and they could each take a squirt on their way out. Honestly, I'll provide the stuff myself - it'll be a lot cheaper than all those co-pays at the pediatrician's office. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">
 

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Well ladies, its a moot point for us now. We've had nothing but problems and ill health since school started. We ended up at the ER TWICE this weekend for asthma attacks because of a cold picked up at school. The Dr highly reccomended I keep her home the next 2-3 weeks because now there's a croup outbreak at her school and she gets it pretty easy. So, i'm withdrawing her from school and going back to home schooling.
 

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Hi,<br>
It is funny that I stumpled on to this post today, my daughter came home today with a note and full of stories from the program they had today at school (kindergarten) It is the American Red Cross Germ Busting Team. They had a speaker and they taught proper handwashing and all about not spreading germs. Like coughing into your elbow not hand, using a paper towel to open the door with clean hands. I was amazed at how much she grasped of it, it was all accurate info.<br><br>
Just my 2 cents but it is worth a shot to see if the red cross could come into your school as well.
 

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SlinginMama, that sounds great. Although - and sorry to play devil's advocate, but this is just what I've found - schools often have programs about health or nutrition or whatever, and then don't follow through once the program is over. For example, there has been a huge increase lately in nutrition and exercise education. DD often tells me of assemblies about healthy foods, games the gym teacher plays that teach about nutrition, etc., but then the school serves the most unhealthy stuff in the lunchroom!!!
 
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