Staying Home From School is Not So Fun
In light of the recent H1N1 epidemic, students are strongly urged to remain home when the slightest symptoms of illness begin to emerge. The administration's reasoning is both noble and sound with regard to the prevention of contagious diseases, after all, if even a single parasite is allowed in the building it could contaminate the entire school and its inhabitants. Unfortunately, staying home from school comes at a heavy price. Most teachers (there are exceptions) are quite inflexible in allowing extra time for students to make up the information and work missed in class and are selfish in assuming their class takes first priority among the others. The information cannot be learned appropriately and most teachers do not have time to re-teach the lesson. I am not suggesting that teachers should give lectures twice, because this is simply not possible, I am simply advocating for some understanding of the situation. The homework load doubles during the short "make-up period" and makes it difficult to recover from sickness. Pressures from instructors only add to the stress.
In short, missing school is rough and takes its nasty toll academically and emotionally. It is difficult to heed the administration's advice when absence from school is so painful.