Apparently some mothers are completely unaware of the presence of these itty bitty things the science-folk call “germs”. I am going to have to make them sit down and watch the Sid the Science Kid “The Big Sneeze” until they begin to understand more about these mysterious and invisible creatures, the germs.
For example, if you have three children and one of those children spent the ENTIRE NIGHT with vomiting and diarrhea, yet you still bring the other two children to school in the morning, you are an imbecile. There is no way in heaven or in hell that the other two are not, to be frank, germy. They are just waiting for their own explosions of vomiting and diarrhea, and are walking incubators for the germ that made your first child sick. You need to keep them at home for a day or two to see if they, by some miracle, are not going to catch their siblings ailment. Instead, mother-who-is-clinically-insane, you have brought them into a building full of kids who will now probably get to experience the joy and wonder of intestinal discomfort courtesy of your child’s germs. Kids touch everything, and then they put their fingers into their various facial orifices. It’s just what kids do. Everything your child has touched will be touched by other children, who will then become germ factories for the masses. Everyone knows this … except, it seems, you. Therefore, the other parents are secretly vibrating with rage when you pass them the friendly info that you have a kid at home down with the plague, while your “healthy” child is standing there, clearly waiting to licking the class pencil sharpener for maximum germ spreading. Almost all of us are thinking about slapping you for bringing the other kids into school to, in all likelihood, infect everyone else.
The wildfire spread of illness is especially problematic with the norovirus. That nasty little germ will make you puke, experience explosive diarrhea, or both. It spread best by people who don’t wash their hands well after going to the bathroom, and then touch you or (gag) your food. This virus tears through cruise ships and elementary schools like Sherman through Georgia. If one of your kids has the symptoms of this thing, do NOT bring any of your kids to school for a couple of days. And when you do bring them back to class, tell the teacher to hit them with a mega-squirt of hand sanitizer whenever they come out of the bathroom, as a precaution.
Why, oh why, is this hard for some parents to understand. Also, parents who know their kids have lice or pink-eye, and bring them to school anyway, are asshats.
Here ends the Fokker rant.