Dealing with a sick child during the school year can be quite a juggling act. Parents want to nurse their child back to health without allowing them to fall behind in their schoolwork. Here are some tips for doing that.
Maintain good parent-teacher communication concerning school work. Knowing your child’s teacher and what they expect and are teaching can help you make sure your child is keeping up while they are sick. Most teachers now have school issued email addresses that allows them to keep in touch with parents easier and answer any questions you may have. Make sure you find out how to contact your children’s teachers before you have a need to.
Know your schools make-up homework policy. Schools all have different policies regarding make-up work. While being sick is a legitimate excuse and usually means that your child can make up the work, some schools have rules about how many days a child has to be absent before they will get together work to send home. Short absences may not justify the time it takes to get the work together. Contact your school administration to find out what their policies are.
Do school work when rested. A sick child needs rest, so schedule work time around the child’s rest. When they are refreshed is when they will be at their best to do the work, even though they are still sick.
Proper rest and recovery. Allow your child to get enough rest to make a full recovery before returning them to school. Going back too soon could cause a relapse, expose other children to the illness or prolong recovery by expecting them to do too much, too soon.
Establish and maintain the homework schedule. For children who will be out of school for an extended period, you should maintain a pace that homework should be done at. Don’t let them wait for weeks to start working on what they have to do. This will only be overwhelming for them and defeat the purpose of bringing their work home to them.
Provide hydration and nutrition. Make sure your sick child is getting the proper hydration and nutrition while they are sick. They will make a speedier recovery and be better able to tackle the homework while they are recovering.
Allow for flexibility. While you should maintain a schedule for completing homework, allow for a bit of flexibility. Sick children sometimes tire easily and need frequent rest and naps. Holding them to a certain time daily to do work is not the best course sometimes.
Know when to be rigid. Knowing when to be flexible and when to be inflexible is a fine line parents walk all the time. That is no different with a sick child. Children will sometimes push the limits and test the boundaries. Know your child and know when to be firm.
Arrange a phone friend for your child. Find a classmate who your child can call if they don’t understand the work given. The friend can offer helpful information that you sometimes cannot. Teaching methods have changed over the years and sometimes it is not always clear to the parent what is being asked on for homework.
Don’t rush recovery. You will want your child to make a speedy recovery, but don’t rush them back to class before they have made a full recovery. Allow the illness to run it’s course and make sure your child has a clean bill of health before making their appearance at school again.