Sickness & Medical / Dental Appointments
We expect children to remain at home if they are ill. Coughs, colds and infections spread rapidly in a school environment. We consider it unfair to all if sick children are in close contact with other children and adults.
NB: If your child had diarrhoea or vomiting, you must keep him/her at home for 48 hours after the condition has stopped.
Parents/carers should contact the school on the first day of absence, in person or by phone by 9.30am, stating briefly the reason for the absence. If no message is received the school has a legal obligation to investigate the pupils’ absence. We will attempt to call parents of those pupils who have not turned up for school or informed us about their absence.
When the child returns to school, he/she must bring a written letter of explanation signed and dated by a parent/carer. If a written explanation is not received, the school is legally obliged to follow up. Unexplained absences will be categorised as unauthorised after 3 weeks.
Routine appointments should ideally be made out of school hours.
We appreciate written notice the day before an appointment (which is accepted for authorisation) where these are unavoidable during school hours. If your child will miss registration and will need a school-meal booked for that day, please telephone the school office by 9.30am. Anyone collecting/returning your child should come to the main reception and report to the school office.