If your child is ill or absent for any other reason you MUST contact the school by telephone as soon as possible on the first day of the absence. The school is legally responsible for your child and if we do not have prior notification of absence we will contact you by phone to confirm the whereabouts of your child.
The only recognised reasons for absence are:
- personal sickness
- family emergencies
- family holidays – in exceptional circumstances only. A Holiday Request form should be completed at least 6 weeks prior to the date of absence.
- medical/dental appointments – a letter or the appointment card should be sent to school before the absence or an Absence During School Hours form completed.
Note – whenever possible, medical appointments with your own doctor or dentist should be made outside school hours.
If your child is absent without prior approval from the Headteacher, the absence will be unauthorised.
Children should be kept at home if they are sick or unwell.
Our staff are only trained to provide immediate first aid. If an emergency arises and it is necessary to send a child to hospital, we will make contact with you as soon as we can.
It is important that the school has the home telephone number for each child and also a contact number in case of emergency.
If your child does need to leave during school hours it is essential that:
- he or she is collected by a parent/guardian or named responsible adult, from the school office
- the collecting adult must complete and sign the book in the school office.
If medication has to be given please keep your child at home, or if the child is well enough please arrange to administer medicine yourself at lunchtime. School staff cannot give medicine, however, we have the school nurse who can accept responsibility for administering medication in emergencies. In such cases, parents need to discuss this with the Headteacher first.
Children’s hair is checked for head lice by the school nurse. However, it is important that parents are vigilant in carrying out regular checks at home and we ask that you inform the school immediately if you do find head lice so that we can advise parents, and hopefully limit the spread of the problem.