It is the Mission of the Nebraska Family Forum (NFF) to promote education policies in our state that preserve and protect parental authority and the integrity of the family. In so doing, we will preserve the cooperative and respectful relationship between school authorities and parents, preserve a family-centered community, and provide a well-rounded education for our kids.
The Russell Family: Parents can no longer parent their children
daughter is a first grader in Omaha Public Schools. She missed several days in a row. I took her to the emergency
room. She was diagnosed with the croup virus. This caused high fevers,
sore throat, runny and plugged up nose. She would cough so hard she
would vomit. We had a very sick little girl. If I have to rush her to the hospital, obviously it isn't a little cold.
Even though I had a doctor's note, the school sent a letter home with my daughter about her attendance. They wonder why parents take offense to this as I
know when my daughter is sick. We also have to weigh out if there is a
chance they can be sent home by the nurse, which also causes a problem. I work
in Papillion. I can't just get off work any time I choose.
I can't help
but feel angry when I received this letter. Parents can no longer parent
their children without everyone else involved. So when she is sick
again and has to go to the hospital at 6:30 am, I think I need to get ahold of the principal to go with me, then she needs to come to my house
on Monday to decide if my daughter is well enough to go to school because
obviously they think as parents we can't make the right decisions.
Normally with a virus they don't give medicine but she was given a
medicine to drink which was a steroid. I emailed the principal to tell
her the days should have been excused. Boy do I feel like I have no
control of my own child. I expect child support if she has another
parent involved in decisions made for her. I am sorry, but I am tempted
to mail the letter back to her. I am VERY MAD.