I had to do it today.
Something I said I would never do.
But I felt pressurized into doing it.
I turned into one of those parents who annoy the life out of me.
I sent my child to school when she was not fully fit.
And I felt rotten about it all day. So much so that I almost cried when I left her as she looked totally miserable.
I had to do it because of the COW of the attendance officer at the school. I think she doesn’t like me as I took munchkin out of school for 2 weeks without permission in October.
Now every time munchkin is sick I am sure she thinks I am lying. I have done a post about this before here.
Munchkin was ill just less than 2 weeks ago and spent 3 days off school. They would have definitely thought I was lying if I hadn’t sent her today as she has gotten sick again so quickly.
She was fine Saturday but before bed she said she wasn’t feeling well. I heard her moaning during the night and at 4am noticed she was burning up so gave her some medication. In the morning her temp was 40.1C. She spent all day Sunday in bed and hardly ate anything. But I managed to get her temperature down.
This morning her temperature had come down but she looked so miserable. I managed to get some breakfast down her and got her ready for school. I told her if she doesn’t feel well to tell the teacher. I even told the teacher that she hasn’t been well but I felt I had to send her due to the attendance officer hassling me. My thinking was that they would see she was not well and send her home.
She came out of school looking worse. Anyone could see she wasn’t well. WHY did they not ring me?? Why FORCE a child to get through the day due to their stupid attendance rules and it will make them look bad if attendance is low.
I have now given her some more medication and she’s lying on the sofa sapped of energy.
I am not happy.
I now stick my fingers up to the attendance rates rule at the school. So call me in to question me when my child’s attendance drops below 85%. I am ready for you.