What are your rules for when your kids stay home sick? Do you let them stay home just for saying they don't feel good or do they need to fit a certain criteria? When they are home are they limited from certain activities?
My daughter looked out of sorts yesterday.......was pretty well behaved and acting somewhat "normal" but she wasn't eating much and relaxed alot....so I took her temp.....it was 100.4, not extremely high, but higher than normal.......I put her to bed that night and said we would talk about school in the morning. So this morning she was pretty "normal" as far as personality goes and I took her temp to check......she was 100.1. So she asked if she could stay home. I told her that I would like for her to go to school and try...here is my reasoning.......last month she had a cold for a week.....during the whole cold she ran a low grade temp.....I even had her at the DRs....it was not a FLU because the temp was too low....it was a cold....and even his opinion was that there is no reason to keep her home for a cold. I know she feels bad, but in reality if we stayed home for every cold we got, we would miss probably a months worth of work/school. If her temp was higher or if she was throwing up or had stomach issues, no doubt I would keep her home.....but she has the sniffles with a low grade temp. My rule is that is she did stay home that there would be no playing, she would have to go to bed. So here it is, almost the end of the school day and no call from the school. So my guess is she is toughing it out. I know it sounds mean, but if Ilet her stay home, I guarantee it would run all week with I don't feel well, can I stay home? I told her if she couldn't do it, I would get her but she would have to go to bed. So what do you do?
**UPDATE: So my daughter made it through no problem on Monday. She attended dance class but sat and watched instead of participating, and although her cold sympyoms are now in full force she has went to school yesterday and today with no problems. This year she has said quite a few mornings that she doesn't want to go to school, so if she has the slightest of colds she will over play them to stay home. There were two incidents this year where I either picked her up or kept her home and totally felt it was a waste because she was acting very normal after the fact....so I have had to get strict with my guidelines as why you stay home and what you do when you do stay home. I can't even say I will let her watch TV because even fully healthy she would love to do that anyways. I have to tell her she needs to sleep in bed all day to find out if she really feels bad enough.