I sent this note in with my DD today in response to her being out sick - again. She is in first grade. Do you think I offended the school in any way?? My DH thinks I poured it on to strong...
"J" was absent from school on March 24th and 25th due to a fever. The Fever has since resolved, and as per the CDC guidelines she has been afebrile for well over 24 hours w/o fever reducing medication.
I am very concerned due to the fact that this is "J's" 3rd illness this school year. She has been the only person in our household that has had strep – she had this twice this year. With this last illness (simple cold s/sx w/fever) I am concerned that she is not being as diligent in hand washing at school as they were last year.
I’d like to take this opportunity to ask that a greater effort is made to ensure she and her classmates are washing their hands before eating snacks and meals (as we all should be). Children should also be reminded often not to put their hands in their moths or near their eyes unless have washed their hands. I would also like to make sure that things like desks, door knobs and other commonly shared items are being cleaned/disinfected on a regular basis. I know this was huge priority last year at the Jefferson school due the prevalence of the H1N1 flu and the resulting media attention. I am concerned that we may have slacked off a bit in cold and flu prevention this year due to the decline in public attention.
I don’t want to be “one of those parents” but I felt this was worth mentioning due to the fact that cold and flu season runs well into the spring, and I do not want "J" to miss any more school when it may be preventable. She actually cried when she realized she was missing her favorite RTI teacher Friday, and that broke my heart.
Thank you so very much for attention in this important matter!
UPDATE: I did get a call from the Principal - she said that I am probably right, they have relaxed a bit and she will make a point of mentioning this at thier staff meeting Wed. - She also thanked me for going to her vs inciting an angry mob by grumbling behind her back to parents
Thank you all for your input!
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