I've never gotten a message like that from upper administration. Of course my situation might be unique, but until a couple years ago if I had to stay home to take care of a sick child, I had to lie and say that I was sick. This is standard operating procedure in many school districts. Sick days are ONLY for being sick, and ONLY if you yourself are sick and NOT to care for a sick child. It was an open secret that parents would lie consistently, but again - a memo like this is NOT my experience, but I'm glad if it's standard for other people.