If your child is prevented from attending school for any reason, or is going to be late, please contact school the same day (and each subsequent day of absence) by 9.00am, followed by a written note when they return to school. If the school has not been notified by 9am, the teacher will seek to contact you to find out why your child is absent, but lunch will have been ordered by then and will need to be paid for.
All pupils are expected to be punctual in attendance. Except in the case of illness, no pupil should be absent from school without parents having sought permission – in writing – beforehand. Unauthorised absences without explanation should be avoided because it could lead to a safeguarding investigation into the child’s welfare (a child could be missing!).
The law states that it is the duty of parents to ensure that their children are in full-time attendance at school. Only when they are too ill to attend (or for some extraordinary urgent or other reason) is the obligation removed. Family holidays do not constitute such reason: parents do not have the right to take their children out of school for holidays in term time. Headteachers may only grant leave now in “exceptional circumstances”, which do not include holidays that could be taken at another time of year.
If you believe that your circumstances are exceptional you can make a request to school. In considering a request, the school will take into account the child’s age, the time of year of absence, and the nature of the visit. The school will also consider the child’s stage of education and progress and the child’s overall attendance record.
Parents are asked to avoid making dental or medical appointments in school time. If this is not possible, the school should be notified of the absence in advance. As always, please come and see us to talk about your plans and ideas first.
Unfortunately, infectious diseases are common amongst nursery, pre-school or school children and schools often present as an ideal situation for diseases to spread. A child who has acquired an infectious disease may show general signs of illness. This can include shivering attacks or feeling cold, headache, vomiting, sore throat or just feeling unwell. Such symptoms, when a particular infectious disease is prevalent will make the teachers suspicious and parents will be contacted so that they can collect the child with a view to consulting the GP, if necessary.
Some infections are minor and keeping a child from attending nursery or school cannot always be justified. However, in cases of diarrhoea and vomiting, keeping a child away from the school significantly reduces the spread of infection to other children and/or staff. Parents should ensure that their child receives all appropriate routine vaccinations when they are due.
It can be tricky deciding whether or not to keep your child off school when they're unwell.
It comes down to whether a child can still participate fully at school.
Most important, go with your gut. You know your child. If your child has the sniffles but hasn't slowed down at home, chances are he or she is well enough for the classroom. But if he's been coughing all night and has a hard time getting up in the morning, he might need to take it easy at home.
Having a sore throat, cough, or mild congestion doesn't always mean a child can't handle class and other activities. But there are government guidelines for schools and nurseries that say when children should be kept off school and when they shouldn't.
According to the NHS, not every cough and cold means your children need to stay off school, as long as their illness doesn’t give them a raised temperature or drowsiness. Ask yourself: “Is my child well enough to do fully participate in all school activities? Do they have something that teachers or other children could catch? Would I take a day off work if I had this illness? Does my child need so much extra care that it will burden the teachers?” If the answer is yes to any of these, keep them at home.
Of course, never send a child to school who has a fever, is nauseated or vomiting, or has diarrhoea. Children with diarrhoea or vomiting should stay away from school for 2 days after their symptoms have gone. Children who lose their appetite, are clingy or lethargic or who just don't seem like themselves may also need to take a sick day.
If you do keep your child at home, it is important to phone the school. Let us know that your child won't be in and give us the reason.
Some general rules for illnesses:
For reasons of Health and Safety, as a general principle we should not have medicines in school and ask that this be avoided whenever possible. However, occasionally there are circumstances where this may prove to be difficult, such as where a child has asthma or a course of antibiotics to complete. If the alternative is missing school, then staff are willing to co-operate but parents must give medicines directly to staff, clearly labelled and with written instructions. You will also be asked to fill in the consent form for administering medication which you can download elsewhere on this page.