Not letting my kid go to school - page 2

Our major school district has shut down, but my daughter goes to school in a suburb which has not closed down. I'm not letting her go to school this week. I feel kind of silly, but to me, it's... Read More

  1. by   BabyLady
    Quote from waitingforthedream
    My district in Jersey just shut the doors of my daughters school . Two probable cases, guess I better get creative with things to do since it is going to rain all week. OMG, what to do??? I know that they are doing this out of precaution, and I appreciate the fact that they are attempting to stop this thing in its track. My daughter does have asthma, so yes I would keep her home even if they did not close. But if she had no underlying disease then she would be going to school.


    I would do the same thing...I think your daughter would be a good example of someone that could be seriously, negatively affected by the flu because you sure as heck don't want to combine a respiratory illness on top of asthma.

    I've also been wondering (and this is not a prejudicial statement in any way)...that with the high number of Mexicans that typically work in restaurants preparing food...if there is a possibility that it is getting passed this way as well.

    Even during flu season...our family always engaged in small precautions...if I hear someone coughing down the aisle at the supermarket or Walmart...I don't go down that aisle...things like the handles on the shopping carts..the bathroom door on your way OUT (tons of people don't wash their hands) are a cesspool for germs.

    Money....don't even get me started...nasty, nasty, nasty.
  2. by   waitingforthedream
    OTFLMAO, OMG us nurses and germs. I do the same thing. I carry the sanitizer and wipes everywhere I go!!!
  3. by   NamasteNurse
    [quote=hypocaffeinemia;3601554]By estimates, 13,000 people in the U.S. have died due to complications from normal influenza so far this year. Nothing was ever shut down. The virus is endemic-- something that far surpasses a pandemic.

    A pandemic means 'everyone' as in world wide. Endemic means in a certain or particular area. This flu is neither by definition. I think we're way overboard and why?
  4. by   libnat
    Careful with the kids and school.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090504/...4qRTsm1sZvzwcF

    Ala. judge: No court power to let kids miss school

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A mother and father wanted a judge to force school officials to let their two sons do their school work from home because of the swine flu scare, but the judge said no.
    Circuit Judge Charles Price said he did not have the authority to take the steps sought by the parents of the children, who attend Wetumpka Elementary School, north of Montgomery.
    Attorney Jerry Blevins and his wife, Carol, filed a lawsuit against the Elmore County Board of Education and the state school board asking Price to order school officials to give their sons, ages 7 and 8, excused absences until the school year ends May 21.
    But an attorney for Elmore County schools, Spud Seale, said it would be impossible for the school system to excuse the Blevins' children as requested.
    "This would create chaos," Seale said. "If the Blevins were allowed to do this, then why not let every parent take their children out of school?" ~snip
  5. by   BabyLady
    Quote from libnat
    Careful with the kids and school.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090504/...4qRTsm1sZvzwcF

    Ala. judge: No court power to let kids miss school

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A mother and father wanted a judge to force school officials to let their two sons do their school work from home because of the swine flu scare, but the judge said no.
    Circuit Judge Charles Price said he did not have the authority to take the steps sought by the parents of the children, who attend Wetumpka Elementary School, north of Montgomery.
    Attorney Jerry Blevins and his wife, Carol, filed a lawsuit against the Elmore County Board of Education and the state school board asking Price to order school officials to give their sons, ages 7 and 8, excused absences until the school year ends May 21.
    But an attorney for Elmore County schools, Spud Seale, said it would be impossible for the school system to excuse the Blevins' children as requested.
    "This would create chaos," Seale said. "If the Blevins were allowed to do this, then why not let every parent take their children out of school?" ~snip
    If there was a case at their school...then I could understand.

    But if there wasn't...then yup, parents are overreacting.
  6. by   I love my cat!
    I'm all for schools closing...just please, oh, please.....keep the kids HOME!
    These schools close and what are the kids doing? They are mingling in the community where anyone could have it. :icon_roll

    PS I think the entire H1N1 has been blown out of proportion. I'll probably eat those words now that I have said it.
  7. by   GooeyRN
    I have to agree, if you have the kids home from school due being afraid of the bug, stay home!
  8. by   luvschoolnursing
    Do I think you are overreacting-Yup! That being said, as the mom, you gotta do what you can live with. Often I see parents I think are overreacting, other times people think the same of me. I believe that most parents want to do what's best for their kids and they should have the right to do so. If your heart tells you that you need to keep your kid at home, no amount of scientific evidence will change your mind. Enjoy the time with your daughter.
  9. by   cherrybreeze
    My question is this: I have heard that this virus will be around for several months, most likely. How long would you keep your daughter out of school? If there are still cases being reported say, when the next school year begins, do you still keep her home? I guess I just don't know where you draw the line, it's not going away in a week.
  10. by   RedhairedNurse
    Quote from cherrybreeze
    My question is this: I have heard that this virus will be around for several months, most likely. How long would you keep your daughter out of school? If there are still cases being reported say, when the next school year begins, do you still keep her home? I guess I just don't know where you draw the line, it's not going away in a week.

    NO, I wasn't planning on keeping her out for months. In fact, she went back
    today. I wanted to hear and learn more about the virus before I just sent her
    to school without knowing anything about it. I wanted her school to send
    out notice on measures they're taking to keep the children and the school safe and clean, which they have recently done.

    When I held her out, it was at the recommendation of our Public Health
    Department, so yes, I'm going to take our Public Health Dept's advice.
    Today, it was annouced that this virus is not any worse than the regular
    flu that hit's thousands of people every year. I just basically needed
    some reassurance that it wasn't going to be killing hundreds of Americans
    as first indications were out regarding Mexico.
    Last edit by RedhairedNurse on May 5, '09
  11. by   GooeyRN
    Quote from RedhairedNurse
    NO, I wasn't planning on keeping her out for months. In fact, she went back
    today. I wanted to hear and learn more about the virus before I just sent her
    to school without knowing anything about it. I wanted her school to send
    out notice on measures they're taking to keep the children and the school safe and clean, which they have recently done.

    When I held her out, it was at the recommendation of our Public Health
    Department, so yes, I'm going to take our Public Health Dept's advice.
    Today, it was annouced that this virus is not any worse than the regular
    flu that hit's thousands of people every year. I just basically needed
    some reassurance that it wasn't going to be killing hundreds of Americans
    as first indications were out regarding Mexico.
    I assume keeping her out didn't hurt her any. Good for you for making sure it was safe before sending her to school.
  12. by   oramar
    This situation could go either way. Shutting down schools could be unnecessary but it could turn out that it was a good thing. Just follow your own gut feelings in this case. Don't feel guilty either way and don't let anyone else make you feel guilty.

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