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Emergency Contact Lists Are CRITICAL for Schools

By: Tyler Glen
Posted: September 16, 2020 06:34

Sick kid at school and parents can't be reached. What happens?

Everyone doing our best by our kids in a tough time.

What if your child's school tries to contact you to pick up your sick child, in the age of COVID, and you can't be reached?  What if the school calls all the contacts on your list and still no answer.  What happens?  Who comes to pick up a sick child?  There are some serious concerns from a parent regarding a possible incident from last week after a student needs to go home due to illness, was instead apparently picked up by Child and Family Services when emergency contacts couldn't be reached.  

Tina Ironstand, a concerned parent, took to social media to tell the story of her eight-year-old at George Fitton School, who got a nosebleed on her first day back in class.  Out of an abundance of caution, she was reportedly taken to the school’s isolation room. Tina says the young girl was left inside the isolation room while the school tried contacting an adult to come to pick her up, but Mom was at a meeting where she couldn't have her phone on.  When the mother finally got the three voice messages left for her and called the school, she said the principal told her that Child and Family Services had been called when she hadn’t answered her phone. The incident has parents asking "what happens when parents can't be reached in a medical emergency in the COVID age?"  Is this a big misunderstanding?  These questions we will most likely see answers in the next 24 hours.  

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