Recently my son came back from school and said that his classmate had chicken pox and yet he attended school.
My wife and I were shocked!
As an immediate action point we called the teacher and asked her how she could allow the student to attend class as the entire class and school was at risk of an epidemic. She, thankfully, had already called the parents of the child and told them not to send the child to school till complete recovery was achieved.
Ideally, the teacher on recognizing the symptoms should have sent the child back home but the bigger question here is that what could have prompted the parents to be irresponsible and send their child to school knowing fully well that he has not recovered. Poor kid, attending school instead of resting and recovering. I wondered whether they had even bothered to consult their Doctor before taking this decision and putting other kids at risk.
I did discuss this with my son’s pediatrician who said people today think only of “their convenience” but to me it demonstrated complete callousness and irresponsibility on their part by risking all the other kids in class, bus, cafeteria and at school.
I don’t know whether both the parents are working or what their compulsion was in taking this reckless step.
Are parents today so caught up in the rigmarole of ones lives that they cannot pause and think once for the health of their offspring or the society around them? Is this casualness only going to increase in the coming years?