The Answer Sheet: sick kids


Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 10/29/2009

Should sick kids have to make up all missed school work?

So your kid is sick for a week, misses two tests, three quizzes, four papers and a week’s worth of homework in every class. He/she goes back to school, and the teachers in each class say, “Welcome back. Now you have to do your current work and make up everything you missed. And don’t take too long.” Unless, of course, your child’s teacher is one of those who tell the kids to do the work WHILE they are sick....Not all kids need to do all the work to get caught up so they can participate and feel comfortable in the classroom. Not all homework is actually necessary, not all quizzes/tests have to be taken, not all reports must be written.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:59 PM ET, 10/29/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Homework | Tags:  homework, make-up work, sick kids, swine flu

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 09/01/2009

Stop Sending Sick Kids to School

Let’s have a show of hands: How many of you have sent a child to school when you have suspected (I’m being polite here) that he/she was not well and might be contagious? Maybe it will help if I...

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 09/01/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Parents, Parents | Tags:  school work, sick kids, swine flu, teachers