I had 5 out of 26 kids out sick today, and sent one home mid-day with 102.4 fever that was climbing. I’m constantly amazed that parents can send kids off to school with NO current contact info. Not one of the phone numbers worked for this child. They had to send a truant officer out to the house to find the mom. I have worked in at-risk schools my entire career and the fact that parents can’t seem to keep an active phone number is no surprise, but there has to be SOME way that the school can reach you in an emergency.
Even the nurse can’t medicate, so nothing to break or control a fever except fluids and cool compresses on the head. It took almost two hours for mom to pick her up and her fever got to at least 102.7.