It has been exactly three weeks since Isaac and Eliza went back to school.
Like many schools the kids are positively encouraged to get 100% attendance over the school year with not only house point rewards, a teddy presented to the class with the best attendance on a weekly basis, but also the promise of an end of term treat at Sprinkles, a popular ice cream parlour in Bournemouth and Poole.
Both Eliza and Isaac had good attendance last year, but both were hit with the dreaded tummy bug which demands that they are kept off school for 48 hours after the symptoms finish which meant they didn’t get to go to Sprinkles. Like a lot of their friends, they were most disappointed.
They went back to school with a fresh determination that they would get this treat this year, but Isaac went down with the dreaded sickness bug within two weeks of being back at school and Eliza was hit overnight, which has meant time off for them both.
It is very frustrating as a parent seeing them upset that they are missing out on school because they are not well. When they go back to school, kids are constantly picking up bugs because they don’t worry about germs like grown-ups, so they tend to touch more surfaces such as the playground, soil or even each other more often than adults. This makes them efficient little germ carriers. Children collect, transfer and carry more germs and bacteria than adults, and at a faster rate.
Their little immune systems aren’t as developed as adults, so when you combine this with playtime it increases their chance of getting sick more often which is why I think having such a focus on 100% attendance is unfair and an added pressure for them.
That said, I understand why the school has done it. They have their own targets, it has shown to work with double the amount of children getting a treat last year compared to the year before and it sets kids a good understanding of how the world of employment works when they are older………but for now, we are disappointed!
I will just have to treat them to Sprinkles at the end of term!