When a child is absent from school, for whatever reason, parents/carers should email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0207 226 4454 by 8.30 am. If no one answers your call leave a message on the answer phone, clearly stating who is reporting the absence, the name of the child, the class attended and the reason for the absence. You must call the school daily for as long as the illness lasts, unless otherwise agreed with the class teacher.
When the child returns to school, the parent/guardian must hand in a dated and signed note stating the reasons for absence to the teacher. This is required even when a phone call has been made. A doctor’s medical certificate must be submitted for sickness lasting five days or more. Whenever possible, parents/guardians should make medical and dental appointments out of school hours. When this is not possible, teachers would appreciate a week’s notice.
Absences of pupils are monitored and recorded. The class/kindergarten teacher will call a meeting with the parents/guardians if the absence level becomes a cause of concern.
The law requires that parents ensure all children of compulsory school age receive full-time education during term-time. We regard any unnecessary absences as educationally detrimental because children will miss vital content that cannot be caught up with at home.
As our holidays are longer than state schools’, we normally will not authorise pupils to be absent during term-time. Request for any time off during term-time has to be requested in writing using the appropriate form to the Principal. The form is available from the school office.
Please do not book any time off unless confirmed in writing that it has been authorised.
Nits and lice
Several cases of head lice have been detected in the Early Years and in the Classes. Please do your part to prevent the spread of this communicable condition by checking your child(ren)’s head daily, treating it accordingly and check it on a regular basis thereafter. Lice infestation is much easier to treat if caught early
Diarrhoea and vomiting
Children with diarrhoea and/or vomiting should be kept off school until 48 hours after the last episode. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.
Since the beginning of November there have been a number of cases of scarlet fever in Kindergarten and in the Classes. Not all cases were confirmed. Scarlet fever is an airborne disease and as the children share physical spaces several times a day your child may have been affected.
Usually scarlet fever presents itself as a scattered red rash that is often most marked in the creases of the joints and over the stomach. It usually blanches (goes white) when pressed. The skin may feel rough to the touch, sometimes described as feeling like sandpaper. Someone with scarlet fever will have evidence of a streptococcal infection somewhere, usually in the throat or sometimes on the skin. If your child develops any of these symptoms please contact your GP. Tell the doctor that other children in the school have had scarlet fever.