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Absence Procedures

Absence of your child must be reported to the school office. Please call and leave a message or speak to a member of staff.

 

Children suffering from sickness or diarrhoea must be excluded from the school for a minimum of 48 hours from the last episode of illness. This in line with the national ‘Health Protection for schools, nurseries and other childcare facilities’ from Public Health England.

 

Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-protection-in-schools-and-other-childcare-facilities

 

The link below is an exclusion table which explains if, and how long, a child would need to be away from school if they had a variety of common illnesses.

If you are having trouble with using the medical absence form provided, please email the office with the following information - 

Name of child - 

Class - 

Date of absence - 

Time out of school - 

Reason for absence - 

Proof (appointment card/letter/text) -  

Signature of parent/carer - 

Date - 

Absences due to Covid

 

The latest guidance around Covid 19 and attendance by the Government can be found on the link below:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-attendance/addendum-recording-attendance-in-relation-to-coronavirus-covid-19-during-the-2021-to-2022-academic-year

 

We have pulled out the following extracts for ease.

 

Pupils who are required to self-isolate as they have symptoms or confirmed COVID-19

Pupils who have symptoms of COVID-19, or have had a positive lateral flow device (LFD) test, should self-isolate and get a confirmatory polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

If a pupil tests negative and if they feel well, they can stop self-isolating and return to school. If the pupil remains unwell following the test (such as with a different illness), then they should be recorded as code I (illness). Code X should only be used up until the time of the negative test result. Schools should not retrospectively change the attendance register due to a negative test result.

If a pupil tests positive, they should continue to self-isolate in line with public health guidance. Code X should be used for the period of self-isolation until the test. After the pupil tests positive, they should be recorded as code I (illness) until they are able to return to school.

 

Pupils who are a close contact of someone who has symptoms or confirmed COVID-19

Pupils who are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to self-isolate. They should instead get a PCR test, and should only self-isolate if they test positive. If they do test positive, they should be recorded as code I (illness) until they are able to return to school.

 

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