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Be kind, leave the flu behind

Students should be able to stay home when sick

By Staff Editorial
On February 23, 2017

Sick policies. Every instructor has them but they are not all the same. While some instructors would prefer sick students to stay home, others believe the only excuse for missing class is hospitalization. 

Every morning across the country students wake up sick. Some of them have the flu or strep throat; some of them have major illnesses. These students are not crawling back in bed and drinking water. Instead, they are getting dressed, drinking a little extra coffee to keep their fatigued bodies awake and doing what they’ve been told to do since they were children. 

They are pulling themselves up by the bootstraps and going to class. They are going to school even though they are infecting others, not because they want to, but because they feel that they have no choice. 

Employment is a different ballpark altogether because with a job, employees get sick days or vacation days. Students are frequently told that if they miss a class, they won’t receive participation points or won’t be able to make up an assignment. Worse still are the instances in which a student is told that they will fail a test when an illness prevents them from physically going to school to take the exam. 

Students should have the same benefit that an employee would have with an hourly job and be able to have sick days. Students should be able to take time off for recovery before going back to school without having any major repercussions. Instead, instructors are given the freedom to choose their own class policy on attendance. 

Students, faculty and staff members are all encouraged to be healthy and take care of themselves. However, students aren’t always given the tools to do this. Radio commercials, news broadcasts, public service announcements and doctors themselves have told people to stay home if they are sick, rather than infect others. 

In this technologically advanced time, when the option of taking classes completely online without ever having to step foot on a college campus is available, it’s hard to believe that students are failing classes or dropping out of college due to an illness that has caused them to miss class, fail assignments and fall behind.

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