That's what my kids think anway. The older ones have all tried to stay home from school. My rule is, if your not 1.) Running fever greater than 101, 2.) Not puking violently, or 3.) Not bleeding profusely, you're going to school.
"But, mom, so-and-so's mom lets her stay home sometimes when she's not sick."
"Well, I'm not so-and-so's mom, am I?" This is the conversation I had recently with my 13 year old drama queen.
"It's not fair. Other kids don't have a nurse for a mom and they get to stay home!"
My poor kids! Not! I'm going to continue to do things the way my mom did them!