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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Nelson

Bethlehem, PA

#42 Oct 26, 2009
I am the father of the boy in the picture with the surgical mask and the husband of the woman on the video with my little ones who now all have the H1N1, and I say this to all who are concerned and to those who are not...this is serious and not to be taken likely due to the fact that its spreading faster and more powerful than our common flu and has been declared a national emergency by our president. I took my son who almost died of a fever that crept right under my nose immediately to the hospital St. lukes and by the time i was done and leaving the entire waiting room was full of parents with children suffering from this same illness and symptoms with fevers of 102 to 104. The H1N1 has now been declared an airborn virus so take every precaution your children are worth it. I have never seen anything like this. Keep your children home and out of school, scouting or sports the doctors told me that with proper care, the children are bouncing back from the H1N1 in 3 to 4 days, give them plenty of fluids even if they dont have an appetite, just keep them hydrated and cool, avoid excess clothing or sheets as this may increase their fever, childrens advil has worked well, these were the doctors oreders and my kids are doing better , I hope this can help someone, and may God bless
mango

Bethlehem, PA

#43 Oct 26, 2009
It is ashame that the schools can't inform the public about increase in absences because of the flu. Shouldn't the area health bureaus be notified so the public can be informed. I know that the Palmerton area school district has had at least 90 kids absent last week for illness yet nothing in the paper. We have the right to know.
Student

Lehighton, PA

#44 Oct 26, 2009
Yea. Im a student at Palmerton Area High School and i am out for a while because i have flu-like symptoms. Its just ridiculous, im missing so much school work. Palmerton High School was in the times news for the swine flu spread. On wednesday almost 150 students were absent throughout the junior and senior schools and one known confirmed swine flu case was added to the schools website. Within 2 days my teacher told me the district has 6 confirmed swine flu cases and my friend told me the next day that her swine flu test came back positive. The number of absences have skyrocketed from wednesday to Thursday last week. It went from 89 absent in the high school to 119. So from wednesday to saturday a total of 7 known confirmed cases of swine flu? This is telling us something. Close the schools down for a week or so. Leave us the chance to not miss work because when 200+ students are missing work in a day, its pointless to even teach. I think all the districts should think about the seriousness of this.
Student

Lehighton, PA

#45 Oct 26, 2009
You can visit the times news website to see what school officials and parents have to say. The link below is from Wednesday.

http://tnonline.com/node/39360

This link below is from Thursday.

http://tnonline.com/node/39660

“Too soon old, too late smart..”

Since: Feb 07

Bethlehem, PA

#46 Oct 26, 2009
card carrying libertarian wrote:
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...
My Liberty High School, Bethlehem student had a 102 temperature. She had a doctor appointment that day anyway, unrelated issue, but they did the nose swab test while she was there. About 10 min. later the results: not flu. And oodles of her classmates were out about the same time with very similar symptoms. Absenteeism was really high, really early in "the season", but it isn't neccessarily the flu!
Bee

Macungie, PA

#47 Oct 26, 2009
I agree, keep your sick kids home and don't spread the illness. However, the employers don't seem to agree with that. Especially at this time of year, no vacation time left. If I told my employer I need 4-5 days off to stay home with my child, I would be terminated for violating the attendence policy.
Unfortunately I do not have anyone else to stay with my child who is disabled. Would it be right to ask her elderly grandmother to care for her. That is just as bad as sending her to school.
The employers need to be more understanding. In fact, the President should include job protection for everyone in this national emergency, especially those who don't qualify for Family Medical Leave Act.
izzy

Glenolden, PA

#48 Oct 26, 2009
daisy wrote:
<quoted text>
You should indicate to whom you are directing your comments.
I certainly have no idea. I am actually new to these posts (as of todaay), just thinking that many parents want to say wah-wah.
If you want to raise a child, there is a lot to it, If you want to have a child and give him or her the wordly goods, there is not much to it, just go to work and send them to school sick and crying so you can make it to your job and not feel like part of the click (clique).
daisy, I want to tell ya, I am a big a**, I'm very sorry for starting with you on this post, I just couldn't sleep, so here I am, I am so very, very, very, sorry for attacking you on here, I just thought you were someone else, I'm not like that, when I seen your name, my blood was boiling, I got carried away with myself, My children do come first, I work, and work hard, My children are my first priorities, I do leave my children home from school when they are sick, or not feeling good, and I stay home and take care of them, I don't know why, it's such a mum, around the schools, every school should post it, any way I'm very sorry PLEASE accept my apologies, if not I, do understand, you said it was your first time on here, I hope you forgive me on what I said and did, not to attack you verbally, I know I would've been like, what the He**!
Well I hope you understand, like I said there is a Mother in my town, NOT very keen about, alot of other parents too. Talk to ya soon!

“Too soon old, too late smart..”

Since: Feb 07

Bethlehem, PA

#49 Oct 26, 2009
absolutely wrote:
<quoted text>
...THAT'S WHAT SICK DAYS ARE FOR...
For those who are lucky enough to have them, or to have vacation days - not everyone does.
I am lucky to have an employer who understands that my first priority has to be seeing that my child is cared for - that's also a big part of my incentive to stay there. She is old enough now to stay home alone - we have good neighbors and I work close by - with normal illnesses, but if she needs me I am with her.
Not everyone is so fortunate.

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#50 Oct 27, 2009
PA MOM OF 2 wrote:
<quoted text>
I know if I could afford to stay home I would keep my child home when he/she was sick, however to keep your child home for every little cough or sneeze is ridiculous. In the past two weeks I had to pick my kids up 3 times from school. The last time I should havent been called..my daughter was at the nurses office for just 10 minutes!!! I know things have changed but come on...if parents have to continue to leave work for every little thing we will all be out of work and sitting on welfare! Some workplaces don't have sympathy for those that have children and keep getting called to pick them up from school.
The nurse in your school is not doing her job correctly. My daughter has been in school for 12 yrs. I have gotten one phone call to come pick up my child in all those years. I'm another who believes it is the job of the parent to take care of their sick child. To think that a school should have an isolation room for sick kids is ridiculous. Maybe a seperate place to put the kids until the parents come pick them up so they don't spread germs, but schools are meant for learning.PERIOD.

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#51 Oct 27, 2009
Sarah-Sally wrote:
<quoted text>
My Liberty High School, Bethlehem student had a 102 temperature. She had a doctor appointment that day anyway, unrelated issue, but they did the nose swab test while she was there. About 10 min. later the results: not flu. And oodles of her classmates were out about the same time with very similar symptoms. Absenteeism was really high, really early in "the season", but it isn't neccessarily the flu!
Mine too. She had fever, congestion,body aches. Negative for the flu. She was sick 7 days, but I had the weekend to start the fluids,Advil/Tylenol mix. The doctor told me she was not contagious after fever has been down 24 hours. That's the "rule" in our district. After being sick, you should send your child back to school after fever has been down 24 hrs. They also have a limit for absences(5 days). Of course if you have a doctor's excuse, that doesn't count towards the allowed absences.They say they are getting the kids ready for when they go to work. When we go to work, we get so many sick days. Some people don't get any sick days.

As far as the schools giving out info about the absences-maybe their is a reason.(just guessing) HIPPA could be it.I would like to know why the schools aren't telling WFMZ about the absences.The answer might be a logical one.

I don't know what the answer is about working parents/sick kids. I know when I decided to have kids that their are certain responsibilties that go with being a parent. Taking care of them when they're sick is just one of them.

Since: Jul 08

Location hidden

#52 Oct 27, 2009
izzy wrote:
<quoted text>daisy, I want to tell ya, I am a big a**, I'm very sorry for starting with you on this post, I just couldn't sleep, so here I am, I am so very, very, very, sorry for attacking you on here, I just thought you were someone else, I'm not like that, when I seen your name, my blood was boiling, I got carried away with myself, My children do come first, I work, and work hard, My children are my first priorities, I do leave my children home from school when they are sick, or not feeling good, and I stay home and take care of them, I don't know why, it's such a mum, around the schools, every school should post it, any way I'm very sorry PLEASE accept my apologies, if not I, do understand, you said it was your first time on here, I hope you forgive me on what I said and did, not to attack you verbally, I know I would've been like, what the He**!
Well I hope you understand, like I said there is a Mother in my town, NOT very keen about, alot of other parents too. Talk to ya soon!
Oh, I'm so glad you apologized to Daisy. I was saying what the H---! What happened here? It sounded like you knew her. Wow! I wouldn't want to get you mad.LOL!
All is well.I bet Daisy will accept your apology. She handles herself very well. I respect you for doing this.
Anonymous

Allentown, PA

#53 Oct 27, 2009
The sky is falling! The Sky is Falling!

Get a grip people. It’s the flu. Nothing more, nothing less. Been around longer than we have.

This one is no different, other than the media hype.
CDC estimated that about 36,000 people died of seasonal flu-related causes each year.
I’m not making light of the situation, but, get a grip. This is no different than any other flu.

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/us_flu-r...
izzy

Prospect Park, PA

#54 Oct 27, 2009
RSD Survivor wrote:
<quoted text> Oh, I'm so glad you apologized to Daisy. I was saying what the H---! What happened here? It sounded like you knew her. Wow! I wouldn't want to get you mad.LOL!
All is well.I bet Daisy will accept your apology. She handles herself very well. I respect you for doing this.
I just could not fall asleep, I knew it was wrong for me to do that, I'm not a bad person, the name made me snap like that, I hope Daisy will too, Thank you for respecting me, I'm a good Parent, Person, Friend.
Mom in Northampton

Whitehall, PA

#55 Oct 27, 2009
I have two children in the Northampton Area School district. Teachers are frustrated with the illnesses as well as the parents. The teachers cannot properly continue to teach new material if there are 9-15 kids out per class for at least a week each. I recently attended the parent class observation and the amount of children absent from 1 class was 9 and they had been out all week. The teacher said that 2-3 kids are sent home per day due to fever, etc. Even if the school would close for a time to disenfect, the kids would still come into potential contact with the flu and other illnesses outside of school. I don't know what the answer is, but my oldest has come down with one of the high fever viruses going around school two days ago, she was tested for flu and was negative. There is also a huge shortage of the flu vaccine. The point to my "rant" is that the problem isn't just with the schools. People are sick everywhere, there aren't enough vaccines for regular flu or swine flu. I'd like to compare the student absences last year at this time with this year.
izzy

Prospect Park, PA

#56 Oct 27, 2009
kathy65 wrote:
ya know what? I ran a daycare too...for parents that could not afford the going rates these days..and I was also the PTA president and volunteered full time in the schools for years before that...and I also think mothers are responsible to take care of their kids first...before the job.It is not up to ANYBODY else to care for your sick child...especially in the schools. Most of these kids have NO good health habits from home...even after the toilet is used...Imagine that!
Agree with you 100% on that.

Since: Feb 07

Middle Village, NY

#57 Oct 27, 2009
Mom in Northampton wrote:
I have two children in the Northampton Area School district. Teachers are frustrated with the illnesses as well as the parents. The teachers cannot properly continue to teach new material if there are 9-15 kids out per class for at least a week each. I recently attended the parent class observation and the amount of children absent from 1 class was 9 and they had been out all week. The teacher said that 2-3 kids are sent home per day due to fever, etc. Even if the school would close for a time to disenfect, the kids would still come into potential contact with the flu and other illnesses outside of school. I don't know what the answer is, but my oldest has come down with one of the high fever viruses going around school two days ago, she was tested for flu and was negative. There is also a huge shortage of the flu vaccine. The point to my "rant" is that the problem isn't just with the schools. People are sick everywhere, there aren't enough vaccines for regular flu or swine flu. I'd like to compare the student absences last year at this time with this year.
Thank you for the information. My observation has yet to be rescheduled; now I see why. I don't see an easy answer either... most folks cannot take off from work if they wish to eat and put gas in the car next week.
Ex Democrat

Washington, DC

#58 Oct 27, 2009
hey izzy, i don't think anyone really cares what you have to say. sounds like what you need is a reality check. the sharks and the jets were a long time ago. put down the knife.
kelley

Allentown, PA

#59 Oct 27, 2009
My daughter is in Northampton School district. She tested positive last week for the type a flu. Her pediatrician informed me that in one school (she could not say which one, had 280 students absent on Oct 26th, all with flu symptons. That was just ONE school alone in NASD. Can you just imagine how many in the entire district that has this flu? Another friend works with the East penn school district. Last Friday 27 of the faculty was absent. It is spreading like wildfire!
Nelson

Bethlehem, PA

#60 Oct 27, 2009
Anonymous wrote:
The sky is falling! The Sky is Falling!
Get a grip people. It’s the flu. Nothing more, nothing less. Been around longer than we have.
This one is no different, other than the media hype.
CDC estimated that about 36,000 people died of seasonal flu-related causes each year.
I’m not making light of the situation, but, get a grip. This is no different than any other flu.
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/us_flu-r...
I disagree... Are you a doctor? Do you work for the goverment? Are your children sick? My daughter is right now fighting for her life and she has had the flu before...The sky may not be falling but its obvious that some thing is when the president is calling it a national emergency unlike our common flu each year as this thing is sweeping through the country like wildfire unlike the common flu, you shouldnt be sarcastic about it if you are none of the above, keep your comments to your self like the way you kept your name annonymous and yes people should get a grip, but they are not, because nothing is really being said...I think you said more than our goverment or schools have... like the fact that all along this has been an airborn virus and not a contact virus as previously mentioned.
Aggravated

Chestnut Hill, MA

#61 Oct 27, 2009
Pen Argyl School District says none in the district by a letter sent home with my child. Next day I know a few kids that was confirmed swine flu. Whats such the hush hush for now.

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