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Absences

We are required by the Ministry of Education to maintain a twice-daily register of attendance, a document which we can be asked to produce in court if necessary. The Ministry tracks truancy by means of a set of codes which we are required to apply to the attendance record.

We complete a daily review of attendance and follow-up any unexplained absence to ensure that your child has not met misadventure on the way to school. It is important, therefore, not only that is the school informed of your child's absence on the morning that it occurs, but also that a valid reason is provided so that we can enter a suitable code in our register. See how, below.

Summary of the Sickness Policy: Please note the school's full Sickness Policy regarding children who are sick; to  summarize:

  1. Pupils are not permitted to attend school if they exhibit any of the following symptoms: 
    • Persistent coughing, sneezing or respiratory tract infection
    • Moderate or severe sore throat
    • Vomiting or diarrhoea within the preceding 48 hours
    • High temperature
    • Purulent or coloured discharge from the eyes, nose or ears 
  2. Pupils are not permitted to attend school if they have any communicable disease specified from time to time by the Department of Health, including: measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, tuberculosis, campylobacter, Hepatitis A or B, whooping cough, meningitis, salmonella poisoning or streptococcal throat infection. 

Advising the School of Your Child's Absence
An absence can be advised to the school by any one of the following means:
  • Telephone the school office: 365.0385
  • Send an email to the School Office
  • Send an email to your child's teacher...but copy this to the school office as he/she may not read it until late in the day!
  • Forward a note to your child's teacher
  • Speak directly to your child's teacher and follow this up by email or in writing.