I’m not usually one to rant. No really, I’m not. I’m a shrug it off and get on with it kind of girl. But a phone call from the school secretary this morning has left me fuming. Absolutely fuming.
My five-year old is not very well. She was off school yesterday and I have kept her off again today. She has an awful cold and hacking great big cough that has been keeping her awake at night poor lamb. When Mr Mostly took our six-year old to school, he called in to tell the five-year old’s teachers that she wasn’t very well and silly me for thinking that was good enough. But no, I got an arsey phone call from the school secretary quizzing me on why she was off again.
I was a bit gobsmacked to be honest and it is one of those times where I wish I was better at thinking on my feet. She mentioned how it’s not her first absence and questioned just how poorly she was if it was just a cold. Errr, well poorly enough for me to see fit to keep her off school thankyouverymuch! Then she was asking me about her previous absences and if there were any recurring illnesses such as tonsillitis or ear infections. There isn’t but I don’t see how that would make a difference. If my child is ill, then my child is ill. End of. It wasn’t until afterwards that the cynic in me wondered if this was all a ticky box exercise and maybe recurring illnesses were more favourable somehow for their facts and figures? Presumably my daughter being ill is cocking up their attendance figures. Yeah, sorry about that. Not.
Just to set things straight, my five-year old is my youngest of four children. I’m not some flibbertygibbert that keeps my children off school at the drop of a hat. Quite the opposite in fact. Just ask my teens, they will tell you that they have to be at death’s door before they can wrangle a day off school. A pushover I am not. But when they are ill, really genuinely ill, of course I keep them off school. And how very dare the school question my judgement as a parent!
The fact is that my poor little five-year old has had lurgy after lurgy since starting blasted school in September. As is the norm of course. And while I’m on a rant, what about all of those germ ridden kids that I see being dropped off at school every day when they are clearly too poorly to even be there? Maybe more parents should actually keep poorly children at home and not send them into school spreading their germs to classmates. Civic duty if you will. Just a thought.
Seething. Absolutely bloody seething.
P.S. The patient is currently snoring besides me after very little sleep last night as I type this. Hopefully she will be better soon for the sake of the school’s attendance figures. Yeah right. She’ll be going back to school when she is good and ready thankyouverymuch. Please take note snotty secretaries.