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Late/Absence Procedures

  

SICKNESS OR ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL

If your child is absent from school for any reason, please phone the office explaining the reason for absence on the first day.  If this information is not received your child will be noted as an unauthorised absence. If you anticipate a longer term of absence please contact the school by telephone.  The statutory period of absence for ‘infectious diseases” may be obtained from the headteacher.

 

If your child has a medical or dental appointment during school time, please let us know in writing.

 

With certain childhood illnesses the Health Authority recommends that children are kept away from school for a minimum number of days:

         

  • Chicken Pox / Measles                    7 days from onset of rash
  • Mumps                                       7 days from onset on swelling
  • German Measles                            7 days from onset of rash
  • Sickness and Diarrhoea                   2 days

 

PUNCTUALITY

A pupil’s punctuality for school is a legal requirement. Pupils who are persistently late will be referred to the Education Welfare Officer to see if they can resolve any problems you may be experiencing. Being frequently late for school adds up to lost learning!

  • 5 minutes late every day   = 3 lost days (15 lessons) a year
  • 15 minutes late every day = 2 lost weeks (50 lessons) a year
  • 30 minutes late every day = 19 lost days (95 lessons) a year

Missing 19 days (90% attendance) every year over 10 years of school life = 1 whole year of school (950 lessons). 

Please help us to achieve our targets and support our attendance policy

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