Parent Attendance Blog
If your child is ill, it's likely to be due to one of a few minor health conditions.
Whether you send your child to school will depend on how severe you think the illness is. Use this guidance to help you make that judgement.
Remember: if you're concerned about your child’s health, consult a health professional.
- Cough and cold. A child with a minor cough or cold may attend school. If the cold is accompanied by a raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, the child should stay off school, visit the GP and return to school 24 hours after they start to feel better. If your child has a more severe and long-lasting cough, consult your GP. They can give guidance on whether your child should stay off school.
- Raised temperature. If your child has a raised temperature, they shouldn't attend school. They can return 24 hours after they start to feel better. Lots of fluid is very important especially in the first few hours.
- Rash. Skin rashes can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses, such as chickenpox and measles. Children with these conditions shouldn't attend school. If your child has a rash, check with your GP or practice nurse before sending them to school.
- Headache. A child with a minor headache doesn't usually need to be kept off school. If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then keep the child off school and consult your GP.
- Vomiting and diarrhoea. Children with diarrhoea and/or vomiting should definitely be kept off school for 48 hours. Most cases of diarrhoea and vomiting in children get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult your GP.
- Sore throat. A sore throat alone doesn't have to keep a child from school. But if it's accompanied by a raised temperature, your child should stay at home.
- Chickenpox. If your child has chickenpox, keep them off school until all their spots have crusted over.
Tell the school
It’s important to inform the school if your child is going to be absent. On the first day of your child's illness, telephone the school to tell them that your child will be staying at home. The school may ask about the nature of the illness and how long you expect the absence to last.
If it becomes clear that your child will be away for longer than expected, phone the school as soon as possible to explain this.
Please remember that if you take your child for a medical appointment this could have an impact on your child’s overall absence – all non-urgent medical appointments should be made after school or in the school holiday.
For all medical appointments that are in school time, medical evidence is required. We can allow reasonable time off as long as you supply medical evidence i.e. appointment letter. Ideally if you are attending an appointment where possible you allow your child to attend school first thing (to get their morning mark) and then collect them for their appointment, you then bring your child straight back to school (to get afternoon mark). This will give a whole day’s attendance and will support your child’s learning.
If following illness and your child is taking medication – four times a day or more then please contact me so we can complete appropriate forms. Unfortunately without the forms being completed we cannot administer medication.
If you request that your child leaves early because you as the parent/carer has a medical or other appointment, then again you must supply the evidence for our records.
UNAUTHORISED LEAVE OF ABSENCE
All leave of absence requests whether it is one day, two days, a week or longer need an’ unauthorised leave of absence’ form completing with myself. Therefore if you require leave of absence please contact Angela Bradford - Parent Support Advisor to make a convenient appointment.
Parents/carers cannot demand a leave of absence as an automatic right – since September 2013 we no longer authorise ’10 days’ absence. If you are requesting ‘unauthorised leave of absence’ we will need to see flight tickets so that we can check your departure and return dates. Any requests that that are for more than 10 school days could mean that your child may lose their place at Ryders Green Primary School.
School calendars are available from the school office, please check to make sure that any holiday plans or visits do not coincide with our term dates. Please, please put your child’s education FIRST. Our school vision is to make the most of every child’s one chance at Primary school, therefore we need to work together to ensure your child attends school every day possible.
All completed unauthorised leave of absence requests are sent to the Attendance and Prosecution Service for further action. All unauthorised leave of absence affects a child's overall absence percentage.
DID YOU KNOW?
Children spend only 190 days out of 365 in school. Therefore you have 175 days to enjoy shopping trips, birthday celebrations, trips to visit relatives/friends and holidays. Children who lose time from school do not always do as well as they could. There is never a good time to take children out of school completely due to important assessments, enrichment opportunities, transition through key stages and when they are moving from Primary to Secondary. Unfortunately, it is not always true that your child will catch up. Lessons they miss are not repeated at a later date.
School recognises that from time to time disruptions can occur in family life and it is the schools policy to help and support our children as much as we can through difficult or challenging times. We ask all our parents/carers to talk with us about any circumstance that may have an effect upon their children’s school attendance/punctuality or learning and we will do all to offer advice or refer you to a relevant agency who may be able to assist you at that time. However the school has a legal responsibility to mark a school register twice a day and to report who has unauthorised absence or punctuality issues to the relevant authority. By working together we can ensure that school meets the Local and National Government targets and that the whole school community will benefit from a good school attendance record.
Absence from school
If a child is unfit to attend school, parents/carers must contact the school on every day of absence before 9.30am.
You can contact the school in any the following three ways –
- Contact the school on 0121 553 0658 and speak to the school office.
- Contact the school on 0121 553 0658 and leave a message by pressing ‘1’ for student absence.
- Contact the school by text message on 0121 285 1043 leaving your child’s full name, class and reason for absence. Text messaging the school from abroad does not always work, therefore please contact the school by telephone.
Please note that ‘not well’ is not a reason and your child’s absence will not be authorised. We need to know the exact reason for the absence. If you fail to contact the school on the first day of absence and we cannot make any contact with you, we will not authorise the absence.
All absences whether authorised or unauthorised will have an impact on your child’s attendance.
These are a few ideas that may help you and your family.
1.Establish basic bedtime and morning routi
nes: For younger children, lay out clothes and any other essential items. Ensure they go to bed at a reasonable time. For older students, have a plan for finishing homework on time and getting to bed about the same time each night. Attached is a chart giving an indication of the recommended ages/times your child should go to bed, please note this is guidance only.
2. Teach children that attendance is important and show them you mean it: Try not to plan medical or dental appointments during the school day or take extended trips in school term times. We have 175 days a year to attend birthday celebrations, holiday, appointments, visiting relatives etc. Don’t let children stay home unless they are really poorly. Keep in mind that complaints of a stomach ache or headache can sometimes be a sign that your child is anxious about something at school.
3. If children seem reluctant to go to school, find out why and work with teachers, support staff or other adults to figure out how to turn this around.
4. Develop backup plans for getting to school. Identify who you can turn to—another family member, a neighbour or fellow parents—to help you get your children to school if something unavoidable comes up.
5. Ask for help if you are experiencing tough times. Problems with transportation, housing, jobs or your health can make it hard to get your children to school. Remember that school staff are here to help and support you and your family.
6. Educate parents at your child’s school: Help the school help you and other families in our school understand the importance of attendance and who you can call for the school health, transportation or other agencies you or they may need help with. If you have any ideas please let your Parent Support Advisor - Angela Bradford know.
It is really important that you communicate with the school about any concerns you have regarding attendance and punctuality. Please remember that if your child is absent from school to contact the school before 9.30am.
PARENT SUPPORT ADVISOR