Please be honest about how you think/feel. Gauging our perception is useful. Also, we can handle being wrong and can respect opinions/perceptions that do not mirror our own.
Younger Child’s school sent out a mass email that reads:
We want to remind you of State Department of Health (DOH) guidelines to use when determining if your child is well enough to attend school. We have seen an increase in influenza cases and we want to be sure families remember these guidelines:
When to keep a child home from school:
- Fever of 100 degrees (F) or more. The student should stay home for twenty four hours after the temperature returns to normal without medication
They then linked to a DoH document that says to keep a child home if they have the fever *with* a sore throat or cough.
1. Is it your initial perception that the school presented factual, ambiguous, or not factual information as pertains to DoH guidelines?
We emailed the school about our perception of a discrepancy. The school responded:
“It is the best judgement of the parent /guardian to not send a student with a fever to school. We included general information in the letter as well as the specific DoH Influenza Screener to help student / family member understand district and state guidelines.”
2. What does this reply mean? Does this reply acknowledge a discrepancy or not? If so, how does this reply explain the discrepancy? If not, how does it deny a discrepancy?
3. With all this information, do you now consider the school’s original wording factual, ambiguous, or not factual as pertains to DoH guidelines?
4. Let’s assume the school is trying to maximize the health and safety of the whole school district and the wider community. How should the institution balance the DoH guidelines with its own interests? In other words, how would you have worded the original email?
Can’t wait to read what others think. This can be fun!