Hello, my name is Sue.
I would like to reach out to parents/carers and their children who are at school in the UK who feel they are being pressurised by the school to send their child in when they feel they are still unwell.
Every year since nursery, my child is now in Year 4, I have a showdown with the headteacher. We have provided ample information about their long term illness, viral induced-asthma, hospital visits, consultants and every year we think that we have provided enough information but no, because the child is more than 10% absent they should be sent in sick or we must obtain a medical verification for every absence.
Are there any other parents that have experienced heavy handedness with their child having a long term illness being a persistent absentee or many days off but not considered by the headteacher to have an illness so disbelieving their time off, not willing to authorise etc unless consultant/hospital admissions?
Or any parents with disabled children who believe the school starts to become a nanny state, wanting to get involved with the hospital consultants, school nurse etc and forcing the child back to school when still unwell against the parents' or the child's wishes? I am referring to children with long term illness so e.g., juvenile arthritis, asthma that requires hospital admissions regularly or perhaps ADHD, or other long term illnesses which are considered Special Education Needs (SEN).
Could any parents with experience of these problems please contact me.