Please Miss, I can’t help my son’s allergies…

Last week I went to see small boy’s headteacher. Not because he was in trouble, but because I was.

Stricly speaking I had done nothing wrong, but I was cross. You see, I had just received a letter from school advising me that small boy’s attendance at school was unsatisfactory, at 91.4% was below the required 94% which meant his education would be affected and could we “work with the school to improve his attendance”.

I was gobsmacked. He has only ever been off school for medical reasons, be it specialist appointments in London, allergic reactions or a particularly virulent attack of impetigo. Which was contagious.

I asked the school what I was supposed to do? I pointed out that when he was off with impetigo I went in to school to ask for some books for him. He is not struggling, in fact quite the opposite, and I resented the implication that there is anything I could do to ‘improve his attendance’.

Never before has it been more obvious that the head has no children of her own, much less one with a health condition.

I was fobbed off with platitudes. I am still cross.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. bumbling
    May 14, 2011 @ 21:23:56

    Oh my!

    I do not blame you for being cross. I always wonder about these things where there are attendance requirements. If you’re sick, you’re sick! What do they want you to do – send him to school whilst infectious, or where what he really needs is his mummy’s cuddles?

    As an asthmatic child (and adult!) I can really empathise. Am glad I’ve found your blog – very interesting [although that sounds like a spam comment…]


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