Note from Dan: The missive below was posted over the weekend by the feisty 13 Suns, a regular on this blog who’s in her 80s. The grandson she’s referencing is now an adult.
“When my grandson was a little boy, he had slow onset asthma. This means he never had a sudden asthma attack; rather, if he got a cold, flu, or any respiratory ailment, his asthma would more than likely act up.
When he was in second grade in the late 90s at a Roanoke elementary school, he missed 9 days of school due to illness. He was an A/B student, never in trouble, respectful, engaged, read several grade levels above second grade.
His mother was called to a mandatory meeting at the school to discuss my grandson’s absences. That meeting included the principal, my grandson’s teacher, and the school nurse. My daughter explained that she kept her son at home those days because he was sick, had asthma, and that she had only taken her son to the doctor on three of the nine days he was absent.
The teacher began lecturing my daughter on how difficult it was for students to make up work from being absent and how terrible it was for absent students to miss classroom lectures, projects, etc. The principal told my daughter that if my grandson missed two more days of school without seeing a doctor and without a note to the school from the doctor, they would ‘have no choice but to contact Child Protective Services with concerns of educational and medical neglect.
The school nurse and the principal wanted my daughter to sign a release of information form allowing the school all access to my grandson’s medical information.
My daughter refused to sign the release, told them all that SHE was the parent, left the meeting, and homeschooled her son for the rest of that year. By third grade, they had moved and my grandson was able to attend Salem schools until he graduated, with honors, and with no school nannies sticking their noses where they didn’t belong.”