Letters to the Editor

Sickly school attendance

Re the May 7 article, Perfect attendance record falls short: I congratulate Adam Werbin on his perfect attendance and I wish that the Broward County School Board would award him this honor. He has met the qualifications in the spirit, if not the letter, of the “law.”

That said, I am strongly opposed to awards for perfect attendance. If children attend school for more than 12 years and never miss a day, it ordinarily means that at some point they come to school sick.

By encouraging students to have perfect attendance, the school board is encouraging them to put themselves at risk of exacerbating their condition, while putting their teachers and fellow students at risk of contracting infectious diseases, such as colds and flu.

Many students with life-threatening, but not contagious illnesses attend school with lowered immunities.

If parents send their children to school sick in order for them to attain perfect attendance, the consequences can be devastating to these immune-suppressed students.

I think this perfect attendance policy should be reevaluated.

Laurie K. Amber, executive director, Kids That Care Pediatric & Cancer Fund, South Miami

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