Unfortunately, Elliott is still running a fever tonight and that means he won’t be in school again. He doesn’t appear sick in any way, shape or form, but a fever is a fever.
I am contemplating getting him into the pediatrician, just to make sure all is well. Elliott’s not going to like that because he’s absolutely terrified of all doctors, but at the end of the day, we need to make sure he’s okay and that we have a doctors note. I’m not sure that’s going to matter but it’s not going to hurt to ensure we have as much documentation as possible.
I’m hoping that Elliott’s fever runs its course and he can return to school.
I put the wellbeing of my kids before any ridiculously blanketed, State absentee policy. I’m not looking to have a run in with anyone but I’m also not shying away from it either. I’ve spoken with several other parents who are in a similar situation and share the same concerns as Lizze and myself.
Part of me thinks the only way to show how unfair this policy is, will be to challenge it if or when the time comes.
School is important and so is attendance but it’s also important to understand that there’s a world of difference between special needs kids missing school for various reasons and the chronic truant, that just doesn’t want to go to school.
I know the law is intended to reel in chronic truants and the parents that enable them. Unfortunately, not all kids that fall into the truant category are missing school because they’re trying to avoid it. Treating everyone the same way doesn’t work when not everyone is guilty of the same thing.
It’s important to keep perspective and maintain the proper context when it comes to kids with special needs.