Did you know that 60,000 kids who go to school miss big amounts of school each year because of long-term illness? It’s a big problem and most kids are worried that they are missing out on too much. But now a 15 year old guy is trying to help.
This guy is called Darcy’s, his 15 and he’s a happy and healthy kid. But a few years ago, Darcy was really sick and had to miss two years of school!
This boy had a bone marrow transplant. A bone marrow transplant is a procedure to replace damaged or destroyed bone marrow with healthy bone marrow stem cells. While he was having his operation at hospital, he realized there were a lot of things at school that he enjoyed and missed.
Some of these things were like hanging out with friends or learning. But there was also things like being part of the school community and doing day to day things.
I get how kids would like to get a few days off school by having the flu but when you have long term illness, it’s different.
But this teenager isn’t alone. There is approximately 60,000 kids around Australia that are missing school because of long-term illness. The most common diseases keeping kids away are cancer, asthma, diabetes and cystic fibrosis.
This isn’t a good thing because these kids aren’t healthy and they are missing out on class. Even worse, these kids are forced to miss out on the fun times at school like hanging out with friends or going on excursions. But Darcy and his mum are now fighting for that to change.
These duo set up a group called ‘Missing School’, and they’re pushing for new laws that would force schools to let sick kids in all classroom activities, even when they’re away. This is because Darcy and his mother want kids to they feel like they’re not missing out, or don’t belong. And they think technology, like video calls, could be the solution. And this week, Darcy and his mum took their fight to the parliament house!
I get that they want to see schools step up and give some support and understanding to the kids who miss school.
While Darcy’s now healthy and back at school, he hopes the work he and his mum are doing will help kids like him feel like they fit in when they are away for a long time.
One question I have is:
Is there other kids fighting like this to stop kids from missing school?
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