We have a statutory duty to keep a record of all unauthorised absences and to note these on each child's annual report. This is part of the national move to monitor and discourage truancy. The Department for Education now requires all schools to publish unauthorised absence. Lateness also comes under this category. Registers will be closed at 9.00am each morning and children arriving after that time will be marked late. It is important that parents notify us in person, by telephone or in writing, the reason for their child's absence, by 9.00am, for each day that a child is absent from school. As school holiday dates are published well in advance it is severely detrimental to your child's education to take holidays during term time. Permission for absence during term time will not be granted except in “exceptional circumstances”.
Medical or dental treatment appointments should, if possible, be made out of school hours.
In the event of your child being unable to attend school because they are unwell please call the school office on 01372 452870 before 9.30am.
If your child has vomiting or diarrhoea they should not attend school until 48 hours from the last episode of vomiting/diarrhoea.
The school follows the Health Protection Agency guidance on preventing infection. The following document gives more information about whether you need to keep your child away from school if they have an illness or infection:
HPA Guidance on Infection Control
Children who are taken ill during the day are watched by the office staff and if very unwell the parents or carer will be asked to take them home. We operate on the principle that children who attend school are well enough to participate in all school activities including swimming, PE and playtime sessions.
The administration of medicines in school is not encouraged. Children with long term problems, eg asthma, are an exception and should have medication in school. Where children must take prescribed medicines, these should be administered by the parent outside school hours if possible. Medicine that needs to be taken three times a day could be taken in the morning, after school hours and at bedtime. If the medicine must be taken during school hours, parents are expected to bring this medicine into school and administer the dose at the appropriate time. Where this is not possible it is essential that a written request comes from a parent and that the request gives all the necessary details.
The medicine must be provided in the original container (as dispensed by the pharmacist) and include the prescriber’s instructions for administration. We cannot accept any medicine that has been removed from the original container and we can only administer the dosage that is written on the label. All medicines should be handed into the office by the parent/guardian and clearly labelled with the following information:
• Child’s name
• Name of medicine
• Dosage and timing
If a child refuses to take medicine, school staff must not coerce the child. The parent will be informed of the refusal.
More information about medicine management can be found in these documents: