my daughter has been sick since the beginning of school on Sept 5ish. First it was the sniffles. Then sniffles and cough. Now it is fever, no sniffles, a hacking cough, headache and says it hurts to be touched. She doesnt get sick like this often. I would say this is the second time in her entire 6 years of life. But when she gets sick she gets SICK. When she first got the cold I sent her to school to have her sent home half way through the day. Kept her home the next day and got a call from the school wondering where she was. Sent her the next day to have her sent home again. Since then she has refused to see the nurse and be sent home. She LOVES school But my neighbor has told me that ALL the kids are sick and that the nurse has been sending kids home after a half hour of class because they have been burning up and hacking so hard they threw up. Now mine has "that" I know that this happens. I did daycare and had parents send kids with fevers and such, only drugged up out of their minds. Meds wear off, fever spikes, call the parents. But in this day and age I have to admit that I am really very ticked about this type of behavior from parents. And that it is totally condoned by the school. Yup, in the school handbook it says "Send them unless they have lice or pink eye" The trots, vomiting, fever? Nope. Send them. Drug them up and send them. With all the parents that don't vaccinate their kids these days. And with the fact that the school is on a college campus with potentially ill college age kids wandering the halls. I am very upset by this attitude. Dont they care what they could be having otherwise healthy children exposed to? Or those kids that may not be healthy in the first place? A simple upper respiratory infection could land a child in the er, or worse,, intensive care. It happened three times last year. Two children died. BTW to keep parents from "panicking" the ages and schools of the children sick and in the hospital werent released to other parents. To me that is nothing but irresponsible. Two of the state college students had meningitis. One died. Same campus my daughters shcool is on. And although there are signs on the doors telling the college kids to to use the doors at the other end of the building... I have seen them walking right into the elementary school doors and taking a shortcut. I understand the need to "privacy" The need of parents to work. The need for the children to be educated. The "religious" rights of parents etc. But at what costs? My daughter is running a fever so high that she is shaking. She is weak and has had nothing but ice water since Sat morning. I thought about taking her to the er, but they would have had us sit there for hours with her burning up in my lap crying. (I know this from experience. Last time she was this sick she was a less than a year old and had a fever of 104.5 WITH meds!*which btw she got from a daycare kid that was sent drugged up to hide the fact she had a temp.* We were there for two hours before she threw up all over the place and had a seizure. Then they took her "right in" before the middle aged woman with a sprained wrist. This is also the er that told me that "I couldnt be having a heart attack because I am a 37 year old white woman" ) So now I am waiting for her pedi to open at 9 so I can get her lungs listened to to make sure she doesnt have bronchitis or pneumonia or something else. For the record. I am NOT one of those helicopter parents. Nor am I paranoid about my daughters health and safety. I am just tired of the laze a fair(sp) attitude of school officials and some parents.