You know the rule!

I wouldn’t recommend this day care provider, described in today’s Wall Street Journal:

Jennifer Morrison, Columbus, Ohio, was called away from work one day by her child-care teacher asking her to pick up her 2-year-old daughter because she was running a slight fever. When Ms. Morrison arrived, she saw that her daughter had no other symptoms and felt fine; she was overheated from playing outside. But the teacher told her, “You know the rule,” and insisted she take her home for 24 hours.

A lot of schools and day care centers have mindless policies (for example on lice). Try to avoid those places!

The Journal did highlight some sensible guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics on when to keep your kid home:

  • If too sick to participate in school activities comfortably
  • If needs more care than the staff can provide
  • If contagious

As the article points out, it can sometimes be hard to figure out what to do. But the 24 hour rule as described above is pure idiocy.

February 8, 2007

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