Who Stays Home?

by Kathy Sykes on September 29, 2009 · 0 comments

If both parents work, how do you and your spouse decide who will stay home with a sick kid if necessary? 

With flu season approaching and it’s increased risks, along with the normal cough and cold, it is time to put an “action plan” in place for days taken off from work during this time.

There are several things that need to be considered when taking off from work:

1. Who has the most “paid time off” hours that can be used during this time?

2. What projects are going on a work that would inhibit taking time off?

3. Whose job is more flexible in allowing time off for several days straight?

4. Who would lose the most money if they took several days off and would that impact the household?

5. Who has the most patience in caring for a sick child?

6. Is there any extended family or friend that could care for the child while parents go to work? Will they get paid for their time and is the cost worth it?

The CDC has already advised parents:

Stay home if you or your child is sick for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine). Keeping sick students at home means that they keep their viruses to themselves rather than sharing them with others.

 If flu conditions become MORE severe, parents should consider the following steps:

  • Extend the time sick children stay home for at least 7 days, even if they feel better sooner. People who are still sick after 7 days should continue to stay home until at least 24 hours after symptoms have completely gone away.
  • If a household member is sick, keep any school-aged brothers or sisters home for 5 days from the time the household member became sick. Parents should monitor their health and the health of other school-aged children for fever and other symptoms of the flu.

What is your plan?

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