Like Kristin, your kid's sniffles = My kid in the hospital for 2 weeks (with a $400,000 bill, and several touch and go periods).
When he was in a school with a strict 'well child only' policy... he got sick 3 times in 2 years, and missed less than a week of school.
When in school with kids who are sent sick... he missed over 3 months of school.
This summer... out of 9 weeks (half of that in daycare)... he spent 7 weeks sick. We only had 8 ER visits, though, and were only admitted once. Our bill isn't too bad, either, only about 6k that we have to pay out of pocket.
The thing about public schools is that kids are FORCED to be exposed. They have to sit right next to the kid who is coughing, sneezing, blowing, and breathing all over them. There is no way to limit exposure. It's dumb luck if they happen to sit right next to them, or 40 feet away. It's dumb luck if their pencil breaks and they have to sharpen it BEFORE the sick kid, or after, etc.
So to ME... when a parent says "Send them!!!" I personally want to drag them by the hair to the PICU and medically complex kids ward, have them watch all the kids fighting for their lives, and ask for them to "Send me!" a check for $70,000 to cover the medical expenses that their "Sent!" kid sent MINE to the hospital.
But that's me. I am sick and tired of my son almost dying becuase of other people's selfish attitudes.
My son is, in most ways, robustly healthy. He's an athlete. He's very social. He USUALLY in the past 5 years has weekly exposure to over 100 kids in his various sports and classes. But stick him in the same room with 20 kids a week, several of them sick as dogs and "Sent!" to school anyway... and he gets majorly complicated lung infections.
5 years of having weekly contact with over 100 kids, and 15 teachers... and he was sick maybe once or twice a year for a few days. In public school? We might as well just live in the freakin' hospital.
Yes. I am very cranky about this.
I get cranky when it's my son's life at stake.
((My crankiness isn't directed at you, by the by. You're honestly asking. My crankiness is directed towards parents who don't give a rats patoot about anyone other than themselves.))