Many kids worry about missing school due to illness, poll finds

Most parents are torn about letting their middle or high school students take a sick day.

“In some cases, the decision to keep kids home from school is clear, such as if the child is vomiting or has a high fever,” said Sarah Clark, co-director of the Mott Poll from University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. “But parents often have to guess at whether their child’s report of ‘not feeling well’ represents a good reason to miss school.”

In the latest poll—based on 1,300 responses last month from parents of 11- to 18-year-olds—2 in 3 said their child frets about how missing school will affect their grades. The same number worry about missing friends or school activities.

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