Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Gazinski Story

My personal experience with this well intended yet misapplied law was last year with my 9 year old daughter. She had been struggling with stomach issues and allergies for years and we were dealing with ongoing tests and various doctor visits to try and find an accurate diagnosis. During this time my daughter was missing partial or full days of school. 

As with most school children she would contract an occasional virus or bacterial infection and I was directed in these situations to keep my daughter home to rest and recover. Her school also has guidelines for when your child should stay home as not to infect others. I follow these guidelines. As a result we received several letters stating that my daughter had exceeded the maximum number of absences and we would be called into court if we did not document the absences. 

I explained this to my doctor after he advised that she stay home for an entire week with a particular severe virus and a high fever. He offered to write a letter, which we then sent to Douglas County. It was very frustrating to be a responsible parent dealing with a sick child and to get warnings from my daughter's school and Douglas County as if we were committing a crime. I also feel this is a waste of time, money and resources.

Margie Gazinski
Omaha, NE

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