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To keep DC off school now until after the Christmas hols?

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FeatherySquawkington · 16/12/2019 16:22

D&V bug ripping through the DC's school, so many kids off. WIBU to just keep them off from now to avoid it? I have two immunocompromised close family members that we would be seeing a lot of over Christmas. Friday is supposed to be their last day.....

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meredithgrey1 · 16/12/2019 16:23

How old are they?

Allyg1185 · 16/12/2019 16:25

This happened at ds school before summer. They were dropping like flies I was called to collect as he said he wasn't feeling well but I just kept him off for the remainder of the week

SayOohLaLa · 16/12/2019 16:25

Yes, you would. It's a whole week of school. Tell them not to bite their nails and to wash their hands at every break. It's 10 days until you're seeing your family. Any door handle / shopping trolley / pelican crossing button you touch between now and then could give any of you a V&D bug.

Sirzy · 16/12/2019 16:25

I would without doubt

alexdgr8 · 16/12/2019 16:26

keep them off.
I wouldn't take a chance with health, esp other people's, vulnerable.

FeatherySquawkington · 16/12/2019 16:27

5yo and 10yo...... It's the 5yo I'm more worried about - hygiene not as good as the older ones is!

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breastfeeding · 16/12/2019 16:29

I do this regularly as gave a v poorly dc and bugs could be fatal

One reassuring thing I will say is ‘d and v’ is so much more prevalent now that schools have strict attendance policies but 48 hr off rules for sickness.....
Some parents take advantage of that I’ve heard frogs hand so the high figures don’t always reflect genuine cases

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xJune88 · 16/12/2019 16:39

I'd just keep them off, not worth it for the Christmas period. Plus they'll only be doing xmas activities and watching dvds most of the week anyway!

Blacksackunderthetreesfreeze · 16/12/2019 16:43

I’m not doing this myself but I can see why you would. They will miss out on fun stuff though. I’d be more likely to keep off a 5yonthan 10yo (even though those are roughly the ages of mine and I’m not doing it) because the 10yo could conceivably miss important stuff.

IceCreamFace · 16/12/2019 16:57

How upset would the kids be? Presumably it's at most 4 more days and they'll be doing a lot of fun non educational stuff. If the kids are happy to do fun stuff with you at home (and some reading too probably) I'd just keep them off. There's no way to stop a 5 year old forgetting not to shove their fingers in their mouth or let some other kid cough right in their face.

FeatherySquawkington · 16/12/2019 16:59

The younger one would be absolutely over the moon - he's a reluctant school-goer. The older one is still doing work at the moment in his class so he would miss out more.

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Actionhasmagic · 16/12/2019 17:00

Yes I would for the sake of the other family members. It’s only a few days!

1Morewineplease · 16/12/2019 17:01

Many schools are breaking up midweek. I doubt that much learning is going to happen and class numbers are severely down in some schools already due to sickness .
I’d keep them off if you have poorly relatives.

inwood · 16/12/2019 17:02

I'd keep them off tbh. Dh is a teacher, 56 out of a one year intake were off on Friday. Sod that for Christmas 🎄

7salmonswimming · 16/12/2019 17:02

Keep the 5yo home, send the 10yo in

hiredandsqueak · 16/12/2019 17:03

I would I've done similarly myself before. A dreadful D&V bug doing the rounds at school, a third of dd's class were off. Dd got up feeling sick four days before school broke for Easter holidays. Fully expected that she was going to come down with the bug and phoned her in sick. She was never sick and was well the next day but kept her home regardless. Her df was on chemo and the last thing we needed was any illness here.

Pfefferkuchen · 16/12/2019 17:21

so are you planning on keeping them away from any human contact too, no shop, no supermarket, no friend, not walking in the street until the end of the Christmas season? Shock

DecemberSnow · 16/12/2019 17:21

I would keep them off

MiniEggAddiction · 16/12/2019 17:29

so are you planning on keeping them away from any human contact too, no shop, no supermarket, no friend, not walking in the street until the end of the Christmas season?

Don't be silly. She's planning on keeping them away from school where there is known to be D&V. You're much more likely to catch a nasty D&V bug when you're surrounded by lots of kids some of whom will definitely have been exposed to D&V than if you're in a shop with mainly adults (and when you're with kids you can make sure they've washed their hands properly).

Didkdt · 16/12/2019 17:33

Its the last week of primary where let's face it very little academic stuff is being done I'd consider it

FeatherySquawkington · 16/12/2019 17:34

I think it might be too late already..... 5yo has been crying that he's going to be sick for the last 20 mins Confused

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FeatherySquawkington · 16/12/2019 17:34

Anxiety levels through the roof now.....

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Littlebearstrousers · 16/12/2019 17:35

Yanbu if you're worrying about it and their attendance is otherwise good.

What are you going to tell the school?

LunchBoxPolice · 16/12/2019 17:36

I don’t blame you. DS5 has just had d&v that he caught from school - so many kids were off with it last week that the school cancelled some Christmas events. The teachers have had it. Kids throwing up in class Envy

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