The "my mom told me to come to you if I didn't feel good and you will call her to pick me up" thing annoys me to no end. Of course the first thing the kid is going to do ask to go see the nurse. If there is nothing excludable, I send them back to class (if they're frequent fliers). If they're insistent, I'll call the parent and tell them that I believe the child is okay, sometimes the parent will have them stay, other times they come anyway. I have a FF that came to see me late in the afternoon one day, no fever, just some nasal congestion. The next day mom kept her home stating, "she said she went to the nurse yesterday and that she had a fever and nobody called me".. I explained to mom that no, she didn't have a fever, just some nasal congestion. Mom was like, "well, she felt warm last night to I kept her home". The next day she sent LD to school, before the morning bell even rang, she was in my office saying, "my mom said to call if I still don't feel good".. No fever, sent her to class, called mom who agreed to keep her in class. LD came back at lunch, smiling, still no fever, but said the same, 'mom said to call if I don't feel good'. Sent back to class, called mom who agreed to keep her in school. Guess who didn't come to school the next day? I guarantee you mom couldn't get her out the door, because she learned the 'nurse will send you home' wasn't going to happen.