I don't want to come off as judgmental, but I have to ask, how can you continue to function without knowing there is a backup for emergencies? My wife and I have no family local, yet we have four people we can reach out to should we need them to pick up our boys, if necessary, and we work nights. A school nurse's office is a crummy place to spend a day when you feel wretched. We don't call you because they have a sniffle, we call when it appears they are actively sick and by that time, they really don't feel good. I realize my wife and I are the minority when it comes to our children, but our careers come second to their security, which you threaten by abandoning them at a school for hours. I work at a private, I see so many dual income families who are unreachable during the day, my term is rich parents, poor kids. It is your responsibility as a parent to be able to get your children picked up in a timely manner in all but the most dire of circumstances. I have witnessed the erosion of trust in a parent that children have who have to wait hours for pickup, with a few asking if their parent even cares about them, from elementary to middle school age. I suggest you make some friends with SAHM so this doesn't happen to you. Sorry if this makes you feel guilty, but this is the reality of so many children today and it really is harming our next generation.