I got a call this morning to collect DS from school as he was sick, I like a few doors up and was there in a minute, DS was still in classroom grabbing coat etc when his teacher showed me where he had been sick, she couldn't believe someone so little could do so much and over a long distance. I thought nothing of it and took him home.
Whilst relaying the event to a friend she said did I offer to clean it up, TBH I never even though about it, I was just thinking about getting little boy home. Now I am feeling bad.
Would you have offered to clean the mess up if he'd tipped his juice over at lunch time, or knocked the paint over in art? I doubt it - don't worry about it - it's not your responsiblity to clean it up! If you lived further away it would probably have already been cleaned up by the time you got there anyhow!
Like you it would only have occured to me after the event. Obviously (and rightly) your main concern was to get him home. I used to work at a museum - often had kids on school trips throwing up - it didn't bother me clearing it up - it's not like they did it on purpose.
My DD2 was extremely sick once in Newlook, and also had a nasty bout of very runny diarrhoea too (major reaction to some icecream she had eaten earlier that day!). I offered to clean up, and they just said to go sort out my daughter, that they were quite able to clean it, and obviously my little girl needed me more.
Your school will have thought the same....you son needs you more than they need you to clean, or even offer to clean.
Don't worry about it...honestly...that is what they pay their cleaners for, to clean. Ok, not nice cleaning sick, but they probably clean worse.
As a teacher, having experienced many children being sick in school, I would simply have been hugely grateful that you managed to arrive so quickly, and took your poorly ds home where he needed to be (you'd be amazed at how many people forget to update contact numbers with school, so that when something like this happens we can't get hold of anyone and end up with a v upset and ill bunny lying on the chairs in the staffroom with a bucket beside them ). I would never expect a parent to clean up the mess. Don't worry about it
Someone told me that schools have something that they sprinkle onto sick which dries it up so that it can then just be swept up... Don't really know if that's right but it certainly sounds like a good idea.