The "Get Out of Jail Free" card.
Dear Mrs. X,
So and so wasn't feeling well this morning. Please call me if she isn't feeling any better.
This seals the deal that I will see "So and So" at 8:10, just as the first bell is ringing, well before they have even unpacked their back pack.
And now back to your regularly scheduled program
Oct 8, '14
I quit calling parents with these notes unless the student has a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, horrible cough, etc. (the same reasons I'd send anyone home). If the student says they were vomiting or running a fever last night I will call parent to clarify and if they did have those issues I make them pick them up due to our 24 hr without rule. Sometimes I will wait until the student leaves my office and call parent to let them know student was in my office and I don't feel they need to go home if they are a helicopter parent. I've never had a parent call and complain I didn't call them right away except once and I explained they didn't meet the criteria to be sent home and that if they truly felt the child was ill they shouldn't have sent them. Parent understood and no more issues because student just said they were sick and I wouldn't call. I could see how with some parents this could become an issue but most parents say that because they are pretty sure their kid can make it but the kid is making a fuss about not wanting to go to school.
I agree my biggest pet peave is parents sending obviously sick child to school (sometimes with a fever but they just had Tylenol so they'll be ok when that kicks in right?!) and then not available to pick them up. Also, the parent that just sends student back to school on bus that had lice day before trying to sneak them back in without being rechecked.
Last edit by Nurse ABC on Oct 8, '14