What if my student gets sick at school?
We are very fortunate at Shorecrest to have a licensed nurse in the building every day unless there is no nursing substitute available when the nurse is out of the building.
The student handbook instructs students to ask their teacher for a pass to come to the Health Office during class time if they are feeling ill. They are NOT to use their cell phone to call a parent unless they are in the Health Office and have checked in with the nurse. They may stop by at any time during TAP or lunch without a pass but still need to NOT use their cell phone to call a parent because of possible illness unless they are in the Health Office and have checked in with the nurse.
If your student uses their personal cell phone to call you to let you know they are ill, please first ask them if they are in the health office. If they are not in the health office, please ask them to go there to check in and then call you back.
I never refuse to allow a student to use my phone to call a parent. Having your student check in with me allows me to touch base with them and see how they are doing. It also avoids parents showing up in the health office looking for their student who had called them to be picked up but their student is not in the health office. We then have to try and track that student down. If it is during a break time, that can be very difficult.
If your student calls from the health office, I can also excuse that absence for the day which avoids much confusion, and a phone call and email to you that your student was absent.