Attendance, Absence and Medicines

At Spring Meadow main school our doors open at 0845 and close at 0855. Morning registers are taken at 0855.
The school day finishes at 1515. 
Nursery has three options of sessions:
  • All day session 0900-1500
  • Morning session 0900-1200
  • Afternoon sessions 1200-1500
Absences from School

We expect all children in school every day. If your child is going to be absent from school, you must inform the office, by 9.00 a.m.  with the reason for their absence. If we do not receive either a telephone call or a note, your child’s absence will be recorded as unauthorised and we will follow our attendance policy to ensure your child is safe.

You are strongly urged to avoid booking holidays or visits overseas during school term-time. Unless the circumstances are exceptional, all requests for Leave of Absence for holidays will be denied and the absence recorded as unauthorised.

Please note that children arriving late (i.e. after the register has closed) have to be marked as unauthorised absent. We are required by law to keep records of unauthorised absences and report them to the Department for Education and Skills. The Education Welfare Officer regularly visits the school to inspect registers.
Feeling Sick

If your child has been sick or has had diarrhoea during the night please do not send them to school for 48 hours, however much they may want to come.

On the other hand, if you think your child may have a “worry tummy/headache”, please bring them to school and leave a contact telephone number. You may also like to telephone the school to see if there has been a “recovery”.

If a child is not feeling well, we will do our best to make the child comfortable, but it is a great help on these occasions if we can contact you easily. Please make sure we have an up-to-date contact number

The government produces guidelines for schools on infection control. Please see the poster below to read the guidelines if you are unsure of whether your child can attend school.

If your child needs medicine to be administered at school it must be prescribed.  If possible, please see if you can time doses so that the medicine is given before and after school. If you are unable to come to school at lunchtime to administer the dose yourself, please bring the medicine to the School Office, clearly labelled with your child’s name and class and the dosage required. You will be asked to complete permission forms, enabling a member of staff to administer the medicine. Medicines will only be administered if they are sent to school in the original container with the prescription label clearly marked with the dosage.

Unless your child travels to school by bus, all medicines should be brought to and collected from the Office by an adult. If your child travels to school by bus, please complete a permission form and send it to school with the medicine. Please tell your child to bring it straight to the Office on arrival at school.