What do you do when you have a student who has received clearance by their doctor to attend school, but the teacher doesn't agree that they should be here because they continue to feel sick? The teacher usually comes to me and stands there waiting for a response, but I don't know what to say in these instances. I usually tell them I'll call the parents to let them know, but there's not much else I can do. Is there something else I should be doing?
I feel like I just got bullied by these 2 teachers who came in together and told me they were concerned about a student who is continuing to vomit occasionally, but his doctor determined it was most likely something viral that would take a while to clear. They were clearly not satisfied with this diagnosis and stood there and stared at me. I did get a little irritated and said if his physician couldn't figure it out, I certainly couldn't. I told them I would call the mother and let her know their concerns. I saw them roll their eyes at each other when they walked out. I really wanted to ask them, "What do you want me to do!!!!??" I understand the concern about vomiting in the classroom, but I'm not sure why they don't relay these concerns to the parents themselves. In another case, this went on for weeks and weeks, with me sending the student home, letting the parents know the teacher's concern through phone calls and letters, and asking them to have their child re-evaluated. The doctor doesn't always have a clear-cut answer, but it seems like they expect me to. The teachers come to ME and complain day after day, never saying anything to the parent.
Another problem is, many, if not most of our parents are Spanish speaking only. The teachers speak Spanish, but I don't. I do have a clinic assistant who speaks Spanish and translates for me, but then we're just adding another person into the mix. Am I wrong for thinking the teacher should communicate their concerns to the parents and not always put it on me? Seriously, is there something I should be doing that I'm not? I'm open to any suggestions, criticisms, whatever. I just need to hear it from a school nurse's perspective. Thanks!