You see it everywhere; walking down the hallway, sitting in class, in the lunch line. People coughing, blowing their noses, and sneezing, spreading their germs from person to person. Recently, it has become a never-ending cycle of being sick at the school. Physical health is something that is taken advantage of quite often, even here at Lebanon High School, and it is time for a change.
Of course, there will be times that students are not feeling well at school. But, too often, people who have a fever or a stomach bug choose to still go to school because of a variety of reasons. Most of the time, these reasons are viable. But the truth is, physical health should not be taken lightly; it is not good to bring your sickness upon other students.
One reason that people decide to come to school sick is due to the fact that they do not want to miss their classes, especially if they are in Advanced Placement or honors classes. But, it is generally easy to make these assignments up, especially if the module for the day is on Canvas, so students should stay home and rest while they are sick. If the module is not on Canvas, students should take initiative to come in to the class during Homeroom or email their teacher with any questions.
Students may also decide to come to school because they are out of their four excused parent days. Students should take initiative to ration out their parent and doctor days before the semester is over so that they are not bringing anything contagious to school and spreading them to other students. If they are out of parent days, it is important to get a doctor’s note in order for their absence to be excused and to keep them out of trouble. Instead of going to the doctor, students can also take advantage of the CVS Minute Clinic if they cannot get to the regular doctor.
It is vital for students to get rest while they are sick; it should not be an option to come into school if they have a fever. If they have a test to take and they have a fever or do not feel one-hundred percent, it is likely that they will not do as well because of the effects being sick has on the brain, making it a better option to simply stay home.