The Stresses of Staying Home
As the yearly flu season approaches, many of us at SI are already seeing the signs of sickness waft through the hallways. Already this year, a sickness “bug” is traveling around the school, infecting more and more people. How- ever, siding with health, Sarah Mulchand’14 pleads with students, “Please stay home. The horrid memory of the norovirus is still fresh in my mind. No one wants your germs. Go. Home.” But we can’t, and we know we can’t, so I believe it’s time to take a stand against the cycle that takes us from sick to stressed. The main reason most classrooms are out of tis- sues right now is simple; it’s just too stressful to stay home and miss a day of school. All of us at SI know that the academic courses here chal- lenge us and none of us wants to fall incredibly behind. Kelsie Barnard’15 says, “We have so much work as it is, and if we miss the lesson in class, then we can't do the homework, so we get behind and then get stressed and never get caught back up.” When the common cold or the flu befalls students, many still attend school because missing classes creates such an im- possibly large workload. Most students would rather endure a suffering day—spreading their germs all over the school––than face the moun- tains of papers after. Individuals have gone to school sick because the homework policy for sick days simply creates too much stress. As consequence they recover more slowly and go to SI sick on more days. In agreement, Nate Nickolai’15 firmly believes that “it is impossible to miss more than one day and not be swamped.” Since nobody wants to become infected, students must wash their hands and avoid close contact with others on days they are sick at school. So as the days of illness approach, un-classwork and homework policies in the school change to allow for more time to com- plete missed work, students will continue to come to school ill to avoid the stress of staying home.
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