Attendance, Absence and Medicines

Absences from School

Please inform the office, by 9.30 a.m. if possible, if your child is absent from school, and send a note to the class teacher on their return. If we do not receive either a telephone call or a note, your child’s absence will be recorded as unauthorised.

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 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 click on the link below to read these guidelines if you are unsure of whether your child can attend school.

On the whole, if a child needs a prescribed medicine, they will probably need to be at home. However, sometimes children on a long course of treatment are able to return to school. 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 labeled 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.

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. Medicines are administered at 12 noon.