There’s a virus going around the school. My kids have been out sick, there are teachers out sick. It’s pretty obvious when you look at the absent list and listen to the sniffling and coughing in all of the classrooms.
In my opinion, I feel like our custodial staff isn’t doing their job. A school that cleans and disinfects doorknobs, desktops, and common items will have less viral epidemics.
I’m pretty good about wiping down my work space and I have hand sanitizer for children to use after they blow their noses.
Anyway, one of my students had clearly caught the bug this morning. He didn’t want to take his jacket off and he looked sick. So I did what any responsible teacher would do, I sent him to the nurse’s office. That way the nurse can examine him and call the boy’s mother if he’s ill, or at least give him something to make him feel better, maybe allow him to lie down for awhile.
She didn’t do that. She sent him back to class.
When I asked what the nurse said, my student told me that the nurse said he’s okay to go back to class.
I let the poor kid leave his coat on and put his head down. When it was snack time he said he wasn’t feeling well and I felt his forehead. He felt very warm. So I sent him to the nurse’s office again.
Again, she sent him back to class.
This poor kid spent the rest of the day feverish, he didn’t eat lunch, he didn’t go out for recess. He just sat at his desk being sick all day.
And to be honest, I’m not sure what the nurse did. Maybe he wasn’t running a fever, maybe she did call home and nobody could pick him up, I don’t know for sure. But even if he was faking it, wouldn’t his mom still want to know? What I do know is that the nurse didn’t help him at all, so I’m not sure what the school nurse is even for. This isn’t the first time I’ve had a sick kid and the nurse was unhelpful.
What do school nurses do all day anyway?