I've posted many times about how much I like Hunters daycare. While I wish I didn't have to send him to daycare for so many hours each day I really do like the teachers and can see how much Hunter enjoys going. With that said I have been extremely frustrated the past few days. Hunters daycare, as with many daycares I'm sure, have very specific rules when it comes to sending home sick children. If they have a fever over 100, are vomiting or have had 2+ diarrhea poops they have to go home. If they are sent home they can't return until they are symptom free for 24 hours unless you have a doctors note.
There have been several times I've had to pick him up early due to a fever (always attributed to teething). In most of those cases he's been sent home early in the day so I was able to take him back early the next day. Well last Wednesday I was called around 3:30 and told he had had two diarrhea poops and had to go home. Kristian was already on his way to pick him up so it wasn't a big deal in that respect but it also meant that he wouldn't be able to return the next day and therefore I was going to have to work from home. To top it off Kristian woke up Thursday morning with what I'm pretty sure was the flu and could barely get out of bed so I not only had to take care of Hunter (who by the way was totally fine and not sick at all) but also take care of Kristian, oh and try to get work done.
Well today I once again received a call around 1:30 that Hunter had two diarrhea poops and had to go home. Kristian was able to pick him up but once again he now can't return tomorrow unless I take him to the doctor and get a note signed saying he can return sooner. Well I'm not going to take a seemingly healthy child to a germ infested doctor's office just to get a note signed saying he's not sick. The fact is, Hunter is teething, he's cutting his one year molars and even his teacher said that was probably the cause for all the stomach issues but she has to follow their policy.
I understand that they don't want sick kids there passing along germs and infecting other kids. I can even understand sending the child home early but their policy of not allowing them back for 24 hours I think is pretty dumb especially when the child is obviously not sick and shows no other signs of being ill or contagious. Oh and to top it off we still have to pay for the days he's not allowed to attend. So basically we're paying approximately $50 to the daycare for the day even though he's home with me.
Obviously if Hunter were truly sick or contagious I wouldn't want him to go to daycare and I've kept him home by my own choice when he's actually been sick but the fact is I do have a job and even though I can technically work from home, it's very difficult to do with a very active toddler who does not like when mommy is on the computer. I am very fortunate to have a very understanding boss who lets me work from home when Hunter can't go to daycare (Kristian works in sales and can't really work from home which is why I do it). But I know there are many other parents that don't have that luxury and I feel for them.
For other parents that have kids in daycare what are their sick child policies?