By Ryan Barnard-Amico
Teachers get paid sick days when they have to be absent and some would argue that students should also get “paid” sick days and be excused from assignments they miss when they are sick. Students should be treated the same as the staff and be allowed a certain amount of no-work sick days out of the school year. Not having the responsibility of completing assignments gives students the day to relax and focus on their mental and physical health.
Having paid work days for students would benefit them in many ways that can help them succeed. One way is giving their brain a break can help it function better when it is needed most and can make them perform at their highest. According to National Partnership, “Paid sick days help parents meet their children's care needs, helping to lead to fewer absences and better long-term academic success.” Another way they benefit is that they can help prevent the spread of disease, keeping other kids healthy and safe. Especially at this time in the pandemic, this is very important.
One thing that most schools are concerned about is the graduation rate of many students. It is known that a majority of students often drop out of school due to depression and anxiety of school work and graduating on time or at all. School can be very hard on not just staff but students as well and some may say students are affected more. Sick days help everyone ease nerves as long as needed until they feel fit to tackle their challenges they have. So “paid” sick days should not only be allowed for staff but they should be provided to everyone who should need it.