I'm wondering if I can get some opinions from school nurses out there...
My son is 7 years old, in first grade. He was born at 29 weeks weighing 1.5 pounds. He was in NICU for 65 days. He had breathing issues, mechanical ventilation, tube feeds, infections, occipital bleeds, etc. He has mild CP and developmental delays. However, he is thriving in school! He is doing very well, thank God. He is smart, likes numbers and math. His reading skills are improving every day. Can you feel my pride?
Anyway, ever since he began his special needs preschool at age 2.5, he has been suseptible to any and all infections going around. He is very skinny, even though he eats like a horse.
When he gets sick, it usually hits him harder and for more days than other kids. My daughter is completely healthy, and she shakes off infections and illnesses much easier. So, my son tends to miss a lot of school. Mainly because when he gets sick, he usually requires several days to recover.
I always make it a point to speak with the school nurse and his teachers at the beginning of the school year, so that they are aware of my son's situation. In January, I received a letter from the principal, making me aware that my son has missed more days than the average student for the school year. The letter was cc'd to lots of people (social worker, school psychologist, school nurse, teachers, etc). It made me feel awful, as if I am a horrible parent for keeping my sick son home when he needs it! I immediately composed my own letter in response and also cc'd it to anyone that was copied on the original letter. I explained my son's history and situation.
So, now I am shaking in my boots. It is inevitable that my son will get sick and require some missed school days between now and June. I kept him home today with a fever and sore throat. Will I get more letters? Will I be reported? Am I worrying for nothing?
Thanks for any input!