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Our 8 yr old was born a micro premmie and had a lung collapse at 30 days . He tends to get a bad cough/ cold every time winter hits and usually needs steroids.We pulled him out a few weeks before the end of last term. We’ve been doing work from the year appropriate educational work books and the work the school has sent. They are due to go back next week, but we still have our reservations about him being safe and not getting the virus. Something is telling me not to send him back till next term, but I’m not sure if keeping him home will have a negative effect. Also I’m not sure if what I’m feeling is mother’s intuition or just straight out fear? Hubby is usually the voice of reason, but even he has reservations about sending him back. I’m tempted the ring the education department for advice, but it won’t be unbiased. I feel like we are gambling with his health and that doesn’t feel good. A lot of parents just send their kids to school sick, and don’t care. It kinda feels like can we trust the other parents to do the right thing and keep their kids home if sick.. Thought I’d come here to ask for advice and see what other parents are doing.

Posted by mom41, 19th May 2020

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  • I am! I think there will be a second wave.

  • I don’t think we have the option to. We’ve been told that teachers can’t, and won’t, run a home school program while also teaching face to face ( which is understandable because their workload for either is massive) I don’t feel comfortable sending my 13yo back either because I am auto immune myself, but I really don’t think we have a choice, they say the kids will be expected to be in class as normal and any absences will be followed up as they would be previous to the coronavirus. I guess the only option would be to go for actual homeschool officially through the department?

  • If you don’t feel comfortable, keep him at home indeed. My daughter is already back to school full time, but she is in Year 12 and is quite healthy.

  • You are his parents and know what’s best for him. If you think he should stay home then enforce it. It’s easier to catch up on school work then it would be to recover from a horrible virus!

  • Listen to your gut. When you have your reserves that’s enough reason to keep him home.

  • It is such a tough call to know what is the right and wrong choice but don’t dismiss your intuition altogether totally. If he is fairing ok with home education it may not be an awful idea, the only real downside would be that peer interacting. We were the same, no where near as bad but our eldest (only one at school) has fairly bad asthma and is already on daily steroid inhaler so we were very concerned and pulled her out before they shut schools last term. We decided to send her back as we feel confident with our school pinpointing any children who are even remotely slightly ill and sending them home. Hope you can manage to make the best choice for your family

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