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April 2nd, 2013, 05:42 PM
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Unfortunately, it's not just sick kids that are out in public. Sick adults are often at work or out in public, too.

I completely agree that people and kids should stay home when they are sick if they can. Sometimes, though, as others have also said, it's just not possible.

My DH is a life skills teacher at our local school. We live in a very small town. He would love to stay home when he's sick, but sometimes it's not always possible. Many of his students have severe behavioral and emotional difficulties, and some of them are even violent. He gets kicked, scratched, etc daily. The school district often has trouble finding subs that are qualified or even willing to fill in for his position. Against his better judgment, he has gone to school sick before because there is quite simply no one to fill in for him.

His students also come to school sick quite frequently because their parents are not able to take off work or cannot find a sitter that is able or willing to deal with their child's special needs.

It's a vicious cycle. But he just tries to keep the room as clean as possible, has everyone wash their hands, etc.
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