Hudson Valley Parent

HVP November 2017

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Page 16 of 43 n Hudson Valley Parent 17 go to the school nurse and pick them up so that it is not recorded as an absence." Mullins remembers when, a few years ago, one of her children was hospitalized with a virus. "I kept my youngest home who started to show symptoms and received a phone call from the school nurse regarding my children's excessive absences," she says. "I was livid. In my mind I was doing the right thing so as not to expose any other student's and risk them having to be hospitalized." What is the right choice? Santos advises parents to trust their instincts on whether or not their child is well enough to be in a classroom setting. Unfortunately, if a parent feels like they made the right decision sending their child to school, other parents may often complain when they hear that their child's classmates were sent to school while they were sick. Santos says, "A lot of parents don't understand the specifics of certain sicknesses, so they worry about their children's health. Their reaction is warranted based on the fact that viruses are transmitted easily." Santos sees this especially when it comes to lice. "They don't know that a child can be in school once he or she has had treatment with a lice shampoo," says Santos. Nunez says that parents of school-aged children should make sure that the child's immunizations are up to date to avoid illness from preventable diseases. "Also, consider that the time spent home early in an illness may promote healing and prevent a longer duration of illness," she says. Lisa Iannucci is a freelance writer based in Poughkeepsie, New York. Her latest book, On Location: A Film & TV Lover's Travel Guide, will be published February, 2018 by Globe Pequot Press. 70 Phillips Hill Rd., New City, NY 10956 845-639-2425 • • Tech Center • Therapeutic Pool • Employment Experiences • Community Activities • Snoezelen Room (Coming Soon) Working hand-in-hand with families to create a positive educational experience! Autism Services for students ages 9-15 Now accepting applications for 2017-2018 school year Learning Together, where children explore the world the way they learn best, through play! • A happy, safe and caring environment encouraging a child's physical, creative, and intellectual growth • Serving children of all abilities • Early and after care hours available Kathy Masloski, Director 845-883-5151 40 Park Lane, Highland, NY 12528 AN INTEGRATED PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

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