7 In 10 Parents Admit They’ve Sent Their Sick Child to School

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on StudyFinds.

School attendance is important. That being said, at a certain point sending a sick child to school can put other children at risk of becoming ill. That’s why a recent survey is raising so many eyebrows: seven out of ten parents say they have sent their child (between the ages of 3-16) to attend school even when they knew they were sick.

When asked why they would send a sick child into school, most of the 2,000 British parents of children ages 3-16 who participated in the survey blame their actions on pressure at work, while others listed the school’s strict attendance rules.

According to the survey, commissioned by hygiene company Essity, six in 10 parents of kids have even sent their child to school with a contagious infection, such as a cold or stomach bug. Furthermore, more than a third of respondents believe their child had spread an illness to other children after being sent to school while unwell.

It seems parents are willing to do just about anything to make sure their child attends school; nearly one in four admitted that they had asked their child to lie about their health in order to attend school!

Regarding specific ailments, 70% of parents have sent their child to school with a cold, while 17% have insisted their child go to school while suffering from diarrhea or vomiting symptoms. Another 14% sent their child to school with chicken pox, as well as 22% with an ear infection, and 19% with a viral infection.

Besides pressure at work and strict attendance policies, nearly three in 10 parents say they had sent their sick child to school because they absolutely couldn’t afford to miss another day of work. Interestingly, more than one in five parents admit they worry what their co-workers would think of them if they stayed home to care for their sick children.

Often times, the sick child doesn’t make it through a full school day; 64% of parents who had sent their child to school while unwell ended up getting a phone call to pick them up early.

Source: StudyFinds

Help us reach the next generation of families

Back to Top

[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has 40 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on Crosswalk.com and Religiontoday.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

  • About HomeWord

    HomeWord helps families succeed by creating Biblical resources that build strong marriages, confident parents, empowered kids and healthy leaders. Founded by Jim Burns, HomeWord seeks to advance the work of God in the world by educating, equipping, and encouraging parents and churches. Learn More »

  • Support Our Mission

    HomeWord is non-profit, donor supported ministry. If you would like to partner with HomeWord in our effort to help more parents and families you can make a donation. Your investment will allow us to expand this ministry by offering more resources to families and churches in need.

  • Contact Information

    • HomeWord
      PO Box 1600
      San Juan Capistrano, CA

    • Send us an email

    • 800-397-9725
      (M-F: 8:30am-5pm PST)