Why Are Schools Staying Mum About Stu...

Why Are Schools Staying Mum About Student Absences?

There are 91 comments on the WFMZ story from Oct 26, 2009, titled Why Are Schools Staying Mum About Student Absences?. In it, WFMZ reports that:

The flu appears to be taking a toll on schools in our area. At least one school has closed in the past few weeks because of a number of absences.

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fred

Easton, PA

#1 Oct 26, 2009
Do they know who pays their wages?
sticks

Bethlehem, PA

#2 Oct 26, 2009
i know of 4 kids in the last week who have had the swine flu this thing is out of control and everyone is keeping quite
Nicole

Nazareth, PA

#3 Oct 26, 2009
We entrust these people with our children for 6 hours a day and they show total disregard for their wellbeing. They are more concerned with not making the teachers work longer during the year then making sure are children our safe and well.
Porky

Schnecksville, PA

#4 Oct 26, 2009
The swine flu is a joke....just like global warming. This flu is no different than the other strains of flu that hit every year. an estimated 30,000 died from the flu last year alone (Not confirmed#) but close. I am 43 years old and have never had a flu shot.....still hear breathing. My daughter had a fever last week, along with 200 other kids. they are fine - they survived. Take it easy, wash your hands....learn how to sneeze and cough into your sleave (Not your hand) and all will be OK :-)
daisy

Northampton, PA

#5 Oct 26, 2009
I think parents should be the ones to determine if their child is sick and should stay home. It never once occurred to me when raising my kids that someone else should determine their well-being. I know there have been some children in school the past few weeks who were obviously sick and begged the teacher not to send them to the nurse because their moms said they couldn't stay home or go home because mom had to go to work. Maybe schools should create isolation areas so parents can still go to work and hope someone else will care for their kids. I would like to know of a school who shows total disregard as the previous poster said.
John

Catasauqua, PA

#6 Oct 26, 2009
fred wrote:
Do they know who pays their wages?
Who is the they? What does this have to do with wages?
abcd

Allentown, PA

#7 Oct 26, 2009
How come people have twisted our freedom of speech into the right to be rude (and ignorant) via the Internet?
Boulos

Kintnersville, PA

#8 Oct 26, 2009
shut the schools until at least the H1N1 vacine is avialable. Right now we are all vulnerable and its a shame nothing is being done about it.
Lori

Rheems, PA

#9 Oct 26, 2009
daisy wrote:
I think parents should be the ones to determine if their child is sick and should stay home.
Is this sarcasm? Or are you serious?

Since: Feb 07

whitehall

#10 Oct 26, 2009
fred wrote:
Do they know who pays their wages?
Did u ever hear of HIPPAA?
Puppy love

Allentown, PA

#11 Oct 26, 2009
My kids go to the nazareth school district. Can you guess how many kids were at their bus stop all of last week? ZERO! Every kid on my street has H1N1. If your child gets sick PLEASE take them to the doctor to be tested. It's a simple nose swab that takes 3 seconds and you can get the results overnight.
concerned

Bethlehem, PA

#12 Oct 26, 2009
Parents determine if their child should stay home, I don't think so. So many parents send sick children to school because they don't want to or can not come up with alternate child care to continue going to work. Parents need to learn how to keep their children home so that others are not subjected to their illnesses.
Concerned parent

Bethlehem, PA

#13 Oct 26, 2009
All three of my children have the flu. They go to parkland.
Puppy love

Allentown, PA

#14 Oct 26, 2009
concerned wrote:
Parents determine if their child should stay home, I don't think so. So many parents send sick children to school because they don't want to or can not come up with alternate child care to continue going to work. Parents need to learn how to keep their children home so that others are not subjected to their illnesses.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! So help me if my kids,(they all go back to school tomorrow) get this OR the flu again because of parents sending sick kids to school, I'M GONNA BE LIKE A **** ON A BROOM!
Lori

Rheems, PA

#15 Oct 26, 2009
Puppy love wrote:
. It's a simple nose swab that takes 3 seconds and you can get the results overnight.
Overnight?? We were told the results took a week...
Puppy love

Allentown, PA

#16 Oct 26, 2009
Nope took my kids to Redi-Care. Doctor put the swab in a bio-hazzard bag with the script for the test and I dropped it off at the lab at Easton hospital. The hospital called with the results the next morning.
izzy

Glenolden, PA

#17 Oct 26, 2009
daisy wrote:
I think parents should be the ones to determine if their child is sick and should stay home. It never once occurred to me when raising my kids that someone else should determine their well-being. I know there have been some children in school the past few weeks who were obviously sick and begged the teacher not to send them to the nurse because their moms said they couldn't stay home or go home because mom had to go to work. Maybe schools should create isolation areas so parents can still go to work and hope someone else will care for their kids. I would like to know of a school who shows total disregard as the previous poster said.
Well, Daisy, if i ran a daycare, like some people do, I could stay home, but, I work for a living, moms can stay home, how great is that, run to the kids school, anytime, pta, cheering,football, wow what else, just stick with your little click, no one likes you any way!TA TA!
been there

Cape May, NJ

#18 Oct 26, 2009
concerned wrote:
Parents determine if their child should stay home, I don't think so. So many parents send sick children to school because they don't want to or can not come up with alternate child care to continue going to work. Parents need to learn how to keep their children home so that others are not subjected to their illnesses.
For every parent that stays home for a sick kid, there are MANY who would jump in their grave and snatch up their job.
I was fired last year due to some trumped up, unproven rule violation. In reality, I told my boss I may need some time off because my son was sick. She asked me how old he was--I replied that he was 12. She told me he should be able to stay home alone and care for himself. I replied that he was disabled. I was fired from TRHMG the next week.
So much for Berks county's largest employer.

Since: Jan 09

Barto, PA

#19 Oct 26, 2009
The Boyertown School District is listing stats on how many students are out with H1N1 on their website. They did state that another virus is floating around that causes a fever and congestion that is not the flu and is attacking more children than H1N1. This "other" virus is probably to blame for most absences. I understand the position of the schools in taking precautions and stopping the spread of this strain of influenza, but I have news for the school nurses out there: 99 degrees is not a fever and most certainly does not denote an illness. I had to keep my kid out two days last week for a temperature of 99 degrees. Of course he loved it, but I had to scramble to find a babysitter so I could still go to work. The best advice I can give is when the media starts talking flu, turn off the TV. All they know how to do anymore is incite panic and fear, much like our government.
izzy

Prospect Park, PA

#20 Oct 26, 2009
abcd wrote:
How come people have twisted our freedom of speech into the right to be rude (and ignorant) via the Internet?
yOU DON'T want to go any futher, she goes picks her kids up from school, thinks she's gods gift, please, i don't want to get into it. You would too! she can do or say nothing wrong, yea, okay! get my drift? she plays the pta big sh** and is nice to your face, and talks sh** on ya, get it? got it? good!

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