I'm so pissed at the school!!! ETA and Update
My 5 year old (Z) comes home today and goes right upstairs (3pm). I didn't think anyhing of it at first because she had to change out of her school uniform. I assumed that's what she'd gone upstairs to do. Well, around 4pm I sent one of my older daughters up to see what she was doing. She was sleeping. I decided to let her because she had a busy day. Fast forward another hour, I sent my daughter to go wake her up. She couldn't get her up so I turned off the stove (I was cooking dinner) and went upstairs myself. I woke her up and she told me shes not feling well. I helped her get out of bed and she started throwing up. Without going through all of her symptoms, I believe she has heat exhaustion. She was outside in 90 degree weather running around for 2 hours (in direct sun) and was only given 1 small dixie cup of water. According to my 7 year old, Z was so tired on the way home from school she couldn't carry her own backpack (I was told this after finding out Z is sick). So, she's got a fever of just under 102, won't eat even though I made her favorite for dinner (chicken, sweet potatoes, garlic and pepper greenbeans, and bread sticks) which she never passes up. I'm so angry that I wish the school were open so I could go up there. I don't know if I should take Z to the ER or wait it out and see what happens.
What should I do?
ETA: I say it was their version of field day because the school doesn't actually have a field day. It was a "water party". The school rented water slides and other water activities for the kids.The kids were to bring bathing suits with shorts and a t-shirt over it, a towel, a school uniform, sunscreen, and a hat. It was specified that water would be provided at the party and that we were not allowed to send in water bottles due to the risk of the children mixing up bottles and "swapping germs".
I don't know that they weren't allowed to have more than one cup but that is all that was offered to Z and as a 5 year old she can't be expected to remember to ask herself. My 7 year old was not offered any water but told her teacher she was thirsty and went to the water fountain for a drink.
I sent in everything that was asked for and even slathered them up in sun screen before they left for school (as I always do bc we live in FL).
UPDATE:I called the school first thing this morning and spoke to Z's teacher first. I told her about Z's symptoms and that I had called the on call pediatrician last night and he agreed with me that it sounded like it could be heat exhaustion. I asked her if Z's "companion" (as required by her IEP) was with her. I also asked about how they were determining when and how often the children got water or were made to take a break. She told me that she wasn't outside with the children because she had students that didn't earn the water party so she had to stay inside with them. She also told me that she knows the person who is usually Z's companion was out yesterday and she honestly doesn't know who they replaced him with. She said that she knows that there were water fountains outside and she saw some coolers too but doesn't know if they had water in them or if they were for the ice for snow cones. Z's teacher also told me that I am the 3rd parent to call between yesterday and today with concerns about their child not getting enough water. Apparently other children came home with dehydration. She told me that she is reporting the complaints to the Principal and suggested I do the same (I was going to regardless).
So after I got off the phone, I asked Z who her companion was yesterday because I wanted to file a complaint against that person as well. She told me that she doesn't think she had one because there was no adult with her while she was outside, just adults watching. I'm not sure if maybe her companion was watching from the sidelines or if they didn't assign her one when they realized hers was out for the day. I will be getting to the bottom of that one though because there is no excuse for the school to not follow the IEP. I'm technically on bed rest right now but if they had called me, I would have gone up there to make sure Z was safe. I've told them before I have no problem being Z's companion if necessary.
So anywho, I called the principal and left a voicemail. I'm waiting for a call back and will update again when I get one.r