Would you send your son to school?

United States
February 4, 2009 4:46pm CST
If you knew that pink eye was running rampant through the classroom. I had reason to talk to the school nurse this morning and she admitted to me that there have been four cases in my son's classroom alone. Fortunately, he has not contracted it as, except for yesterday, has been out sick with a cold. I can little afford for him to get pink eye and because they have already cut my hours and I don't receive sick days, can hardly afford to contract it myself. Would you send your child to school knowing that there was a chance of him getting it and bringing it home or would you keep him out until you felt the virus was no longer an issue?
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• Philippines
5 Feb 09
I would not send my child to school for a day or two since he already has colds..which means that his immune system is down.Also,I'll alert the school officials of the virus.They need to be reminded that it is their responsibility to make sure that the students who have already contracted it be sent home and advised not to go to school until they are fully recovered.
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• United States
5 Feb 09
I asked the nurse about that. I told him that his immune system was down, but she said I could send him anyway, that she had checked all the kids and he didn't have it. Well thats great, but whats not to say he won't get it?
@ElicBxn (60869)
• United States
5 Feb 09
but can you afford to stay home with him (or do you have someone that does it?)
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• United States
5 Feb 09
I can't afford to stay home with him. Thats been one of our issues, so he stays by himself while I'm at work. Fortunately, he's mature enough to do that. He's almost 13.
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@ElicBxn (60869)
• United States
5 Feb 09
okay, 13 is one thing.... but you could also be getting in trouble with the law by doing that, even if you do have an excellent reason for wanting to keep him home
• United States
5 Feb 09
He is old enough by law to be alone and they have the lack-key law. That children of a single working parent can leave a child alone. I don't know how it all works. Some children no matter their age are not responsible enough. But if he is he can stay alone as long as he is in the home and does not leave, and he keeps the doors locked. I'd call a lawyer and check with them about the laws in your state. They will give advice for 30 minutes free. But I'd just call one.
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@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
5 Feb 09
it sounds similar to what we have here. we call it red eyes or sore eyes. apparently the affected eyes turn red or pinkinsh and is tearly. there is a lot of discharge as well if it's really serious. sometimes when we wake up from sleeping, our eyes would be like stuck shut because of tearing at night and the discharge. it can get pretty bad if it's serious. if you're really talking about this, then i would not send my son to school. like you said, it's contagious. in fact, some believe that we can get it if we look at an affected eye though it's not true of course. hehe it just makes our eyes uncomfortable that's all. it's really hard to ensure that kids stay away from my son if he has it. they're forget about it sooner or later and by then, they might be affected as well. schools here also encourage parents to keep their children at home if they have this and to bring a medical certificate instead so they know it's for real i guess. thus, i'd definitely keep him at home till it was no longer an issue.
• United States
5 Feb 09
Although I am by no means an expert on the subject, my understanding is that it is very contagious and is a bacteria that gets in the eye for which you have to seek medical attention. Antibiotics are normally prescribed.
@sminut13 (1786)
• Singapore
5 Feb 09
wow that was so fast hehe i thought i had just posted this comment and then when i checked my next mail, i got a reply lol but i think we might be talking about something similar then. we need to put in antibiotics as well in cases like these. i hope that whoever is affected with this recovers soon. it can be really uncomfortable.
@siZidni (1860)
• Indonesia
5 Feb 09
what do you mean by getting pink eyes? i never seen that cases in my country. at first i think your son got bullying at school then i knew i was wrong. it was virus wasn't it
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• United States
5 Feb 09
Yes, it is a virus, much like a cold. Apparently its gets into the eyes and you have to get on antibiotics to get rid of it. Its highly contagious and takes several days or longer to get rid of.
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@siZidni (1860)
• Indonesia
5 Feb 09
well.. if i were you. i wouldnot send my son to school untill i believe in my son is stronger enough so he wouldn't get the pink eye
@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
5 Feb 09
I don't know what "pink eye" is... But I would expect the school to do everything in its power to prevent students being expose to the virus. If you feel that they are not doing that... I would not send my son to school.
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• United States
5 Feb 09
I looked it up and there are two kinds of "Pink Eye", viral and bacterial. Its also called Conjunctivitis. Both effect the eye and cause reddening, swelling and tearing. The viral type doesn't normally have to be treated with medications and resolves itself in 7-10 days. The bacterial version has to be treated with antibiotics. Both are apparently very contagious.
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
I sure wouldn't let my child go to school if there is like a pink eye epidemic... that is not good because not only will my child suffer... but me as well... so just do what you think is right... and send a letter explaining why you did not let your son go to school... for sure the school admin will understand...
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• United States
5 Feb 09
I think thats a good idea. I did speak to the nurse today, but she seemed to think it was ok for him to come to school. I really don't want to take the chance, especially considering there has been 4 cases in his classroom alone.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
5 Feb 09
I think I would ask my child's doctor and go by what he said.
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• United States
5 Feb 09
I think getting an opinion outside of the school is a great idea. Thanks.
@tigerdragon (4297)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
for me is a judgement call. if i noticed that the place where my son is going to has that virus , i will call the school and tell them that i won't be sending my son to class until they contain the virus and once everything settles then i can send him back to class. if i am to consider his current situation that he is somewhat sick with the cold then the more that i would not let my son go to school. children are more vulnerable acquiring anything if they are under the weather. it is better to be safe than sorry.
• United States
5 Feb 09
I tend to agree. I kept him home today because he has had a cold and cough all week and knew that he would be more susceptible to catching another virus.
@peavey (16588)
• United States
5 Feb 09
I wouldn't send him until he was feeling better, regardless of what the nurse says. It's to the school's advantage to have every child attend every day, because that's how the government pays them. It's up to you to keep your child safe from health threats.
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• United States
5 Feb 09
I completely agree. Why ask for problems?
• United States
5 Feb 09
I would be mad. Our school's policy on pink eye is you cannot come to school when you have it and if the nurse says you have it she will send you home right away. I don't know if I'd send my kids to school or not. If I sent them to school I'd tell them not to touch other people's eyes (seems like a dumb thing but my kids are in elementary school and they do some weird things) and not to rub their own eyes and to wash their hands with soap. Our teachers keep the antibacterial hand sanitizer too, which really does seem to help cut down on the spreading of illnesses from child to child. I did keep our oldest out of preschool for a couple of days when they had strep going around.
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• United States
5 Feb 09
NO!!!!!! I would not let my son go to a school if there was something going around. His health is more important than that and it makes me soooooo sooooo mad when parents send their kids to school when they are obviously VERY sick.
@miccant (154)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Hi as far a the medication for pink eye goes you can go to the store and buy eye drops that are made for pink eye. I know they sell it at winn-dixie stores. I worked at the hospital here for some time and that was what we would suggest to parents. I also know that they make handsanitizor you can clip to your childs backpack. That way it wont get lost or taken. I hope your child doesnot get it, it is very itchy and can make much gunk so your eye can not open. Best of luck to you.
• Italy
5 Feb 09
a zappare la terra!
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
5 Feb 09
There is no way I'd send my child to school with a highly contagious thing going around school. Pink eye is highly congagious. You can get his work for a few days from him teachers. They will count the days against him if he misses school I don't think they should though when you are trying to keep your child from getting sick and others are sending their children to school sick. They are contagious during the time of fever and with pink eye if they touch hand sor handle the same things as children will rub their eye especially when they are bothering them. Then they touch the same things and can contract what is going around. I'd keep him out then go to the school board or write them a ltter and force them not to count the days he is out, of I'd try to.