**Covid-19 Symptoms and absence from school**
Please refer to the letter at the top of this page especially if your child (or a member of your household) has symptoms.
For our children to gain the greatest benefit from their education it is vital that they attend regularly and be at school, on time, every day the school is open unless the reason for the absence is unavoidable. Any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence will seriously affect their learning. Any pupil’s absence or later arrival disrupts teaching routines and so may affect the learning of others in the same class.
The school gates open at 8.45am and children can go to their classes at that time where they will be met by their class teacher and given early morning tasks. Staff are not on the playground to supervise your child and therefore it is important that no child is left unattended in the playground before 8.40am.
At the end of the school day the gate is open to parents at 3.00pm. The children will finish their classes at 3.15pm and will be let out of their classes to their parent/carer. Children in all classes up to Year 4 must be collected by an adult or a responsible adult over the age of 17 years. Children in Years 5 and 6 can walk home and it is assumed they will be doing so unless the school is notified otherwise.
To ensure the safety and well-being of all our pupils we now require you to inform the school office before 9:15am on the first day of your child’s absence. You can do this by contacting the school office. If the school does not hear from you by 10:00 am, we will contact you by phone or text message. If your child is arriving late to school due to a medical appointment etc, and has school dinners, it is important that you contact the school office to order your child’s meal by 9.15am. If you do not do so, please ensure that you provide you child with a home packed lunch.
Requesting leave of absence
The school office will authorise absence for illness, medical appointments or religious observance by telephone. The Absence Request Form, available at the School Office is to be used for all other cases of authorised absence. On the request, parents should clearly specify why they feel the circumstances are ‘special’ or ‘exceptional’.
Requests which promote children’s educational opportunities, and which may be judged ‘special or exceptional’ will be considered. To aid in the making of the decision, the following will be considered:
This list is for guidance and is not exhaustive. The Head teacher will write to parents in each case, making sure that reasons for any decision are made clear.
Please note that should a child's absence be marked as unauthorised, teachers will not be asked to provide work for that child in order to catch up.
Thank you for your support in this matter