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Homestead freshman faces detentions next year after going over sick days

A Homestead freshman is facing disciplinary action after catching the flu at the tail end of the season.

Posted: May. 23, 2018 6:57 PM
Updated: May. 24, 2018 9:08 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A Homestead freshman is facing disciplinary action after catching the flu at the tail end of the season.

This year's flu strain killed 29 people in Allen County.

When Henry caught the virus last week, his mom, Dotty Gevers, took him to the doctor for a note and medicine.

"Being sick is ultra hard on him. He has sensory processing issues, so anything that feels different to him is going to affect his learning," Gevers said.

Gevers said Henry was sick for more than a day, though. Instead, he was out for three days, and the high school noticed.

"Chris Johnson gives me a call and says he's from the principal's office, and that Henry had more than 10 sick days that were parent excused and not doctor excused, and said that he needed to make it up in detention," she said.

Homestead staff members aren't allowed to comment on camera about individual students, but in their attendance police it says:

Students are not allowed to be excused by their parents more than 10 times in the year. If a student does not have a parent excused absence available, the absence is considered a truancy.

If a student has a doctor's note for each day missed, the school excuses them, but Henry's doctor only works certain days, and Gevers  took him on the first day of being sick.

After Henry was home for three days straight, he was sent back to school on the fourth day, but his mom got an email from his teacher saying Henry was spacing out more than normal.

"And I wrote her back saying, 'Well, he has the flu.'"

School is out for the summer next week. That means Henry has to serve three 2 hour detentions at the beginning of next year.

"The flu is pretty dangerous. It's killing children, and you should keep your kids home when they're sick," Gevers said.

Gevers hopes the school will see that their policy is difficult to follow for students with sensory issues and other medical diagnoses, and that something will change.

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