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How Many Days Can a Child Miss School?

My son has already missed a bunch of school this year due to colds running through the family. I don't send my kids if they are feeling miserable or I think they will get other kid sick because of a bad cough/sneezing. This time around my son started out with throwing up all night and into the next day and a day of the poops. So bad he didn't make it to the toilet about 4 times. I was going to send him this morning and pulling out of the driveway he had an accident. I called school and left a message telling them to call me back if he needed a drs excuse because I got an answering machine. I'm just wondering if it's usually 3 days in a row that requires one and I know the Dr. will say it's a viral infection and won't give him anything so is it possible they would fax an excuse to the school if he needs one?

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I have the hand book right here and didn't even think of looking in there for the info. It doesn't say we need an excuse but i did leave his symptoms on the answering machine so the school knows. It actually did say to do that so I did something right.

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I would find out what make up work he needs to have if he's been out a lot/going to be out a while. Hope he feels better soon.

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I would find out what make up work he needs to have if he's been out a lot/going to be out a while. Hope he feels better soon.

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I think you need to check with the school to find out what there policy is. Its different in different districts.

For this kind of illness, you are absolutely right to keep him home.

If he is really feeling miserable (ie -too sick to play) with a cold, then keep him home.

If he has a cough, runny nose, etc, but can play and has no fever, send him to school. As a former teacher, I can tell you that there are kids at school coughing all day, every day. Yes - they get each other sick, but its just not realistic for kids to stay home if they have a cold. Just like its not realistic for most people to stay home from work if they have a cold.

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I think can only miss so many days per year without a dr note. In my kids school they can only miss 4 days before parents start to get in trouble with out notes.

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I'd be surprised if you needed a doctor's excuse for a few days. Usually they require just a note from the parents saying the child is sick. The schools just want to be sure a family is on top of things and the kids aren't truant. At least that's how it is in our state.

I think you might consider strengthening your child's immune system since it doesn't seem that he can fight anything off. I think it's good that you keep your kids at home when they are contagious and feeling miserable, but it seems you are having a tough year.

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In PA, the child cannot return to school w/out a handwritten note from the parents for up to 2 days missed. After 2 days, a dr's excuse must be submitted. They are allowed 10% of the school year before the parents and child's health start to be investigated.

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Most schools allow 5 days per quarter/10 days per semester. I would check with the school or district website. there is usually a parent/student handbook that is electronic that will tell you the exact absence policy.

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Our handbook from the school tells us. Check with the school. Sorry you are having such a rough time with illnesses - we are too!

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In response to how many days can a child miss from school...my daughter was very sickly when she was younger, and also had a lot of doctor appointments she had to go to. I can't remember which grade it was--I think 2nd or 3rd--I did get a letter that came home (when there were about 2-3 months of school yet to go) stating that she'd missed 17 days of school and that any more missed days had to have a doctor's note and/or I had to specifically call and talk to the school as to why she wouldn't be attending. I was, to put it mildly, unaware that she'd actually missed that many days--although I knew it had been a few.

So yes, there is a "number" that the school starts checking up on the kid. My daughter attends school in the Oregon, WI district, south of Madison.

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