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So I had a kindergartner sent down that supposedly threw up at recess. He didnt speak much to me but his friend said he ate a lot of lunch and then threw up. No fever. Drank a cup of water and kept it down, etc. I sent him back to class. Lunch followed by recess just seems like bad news.

So teacher calls and says he's acting sick and so i said i would call mom because she knew him better than i did.Mom says she can't come and doesnt' know when she can.

So kid is in my office, eats a popsicle, drinks more water, is now running circles around me and getting into everything in site and telling me nothing hurts. He feels fine. No more vomit. No fever. I spoke to AP who said i could send him back.

Called teacher and asked if she felt ok with him coming back otherwise i'd start pursuing other means (Ie sending an office to their hourse). She got very huffy and told me if they throw up the policy is they have to go home. And i told her i thought it was likely just from eating and running as he was not acting sick at all. So she says he has never done that and was acting sick in class and if i send him back and he acts sick shell send him back to me because "I can't afford to get sick over winter break!" Umm neither can i....

Anyway i let AP know she was not happy with me and she told me it was fine and not to worry about it. But I am new to the school so of course i do worry about it.

And added now that mom just called to say she is coming to get him...

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You are too nice! Never give the teacher the option of having the child return to class. They will always say no. You did everything else right. If they are fine after 20 minutes, drinking, no vomiting, no fever...back to class they go :)

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Welcome to School Nursing, where no one believes you until it's too late.

And yes, you were way too nice.

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lol thank you! I needed to hear that i did the right thing. It's hard having no sounding board sometimes!

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Welcome to School Nursing, where no one believes you until it's too late.

And yes, you were way too nice.

^Yes!^

The sweet daisies who don't want to get sick have perhaps selected an awkward career choice. Hang in there.

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ugh - sounds like my day. Kid is not feeling well due to a cold and coughing up mucus and PND so naturally it's the worst illness ever. Everyone don your hazmat suits. I called the parent who said she would get there ASAP, but was at a dr's appt herself. The next thing I know the kid is dropped in my office to sleep and wait. Meanwhile she's fine except for coughing and asking when her mom's coming to take her. I am running around dealing with a CPS issue. I finally put my foot down and said she's fine, I don't know when mom is getting here - I am starving and going to lunch - there is no need for me to miss lunch to babysit her because she had a cold. Two. More. Wakeups.

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You absolutely did the right thing and I'm glad for you that admin has your back. Only thing I would have done differently was that I would have just sent the student back without asking for permission. There are some teachers that will huff and puff no matter what you say or do, especially with that age group.

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I'm on board with everyone else - no asking permission. It's YOUR office, no need to ask them!

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