We have reviewed out current practice relating to pupils attendance at school.
We would request that with parental support the following practice will improve safety for all children attending the school.
When your child is not able to attend school our current practice is to expect a note or phone call as soon as is feasible, in some cases this will be the following day when your child returns to school.
We would now like to propose that on the morning of the first absence, contact is made with the school, through a phone call or note or personal visit, to allow the school to be aware of intended absences on that day.
With this accurate information the school would then be in a position to identify absent children about which the school has no information.
Clearly we would then contact parents to determine the reasons. It is essential therefore that all changes to phone numbers especially mobiles are passed to the school.
We would hope with this practice to be able to ensure pupil safety. We must stress however that office time could not be spent trying to make contact with every parent of an absent child. The time element of this alone could well produce a delay of hours and therefore we clearly need all parents help with this proposal.
Hopefully this will answer many of the points that have been raised over the last period of time.
If you have any questions or points regarding this matter please contact the school.
We will review this practice over the next part of the term and update you on any issues arising.
As part of our ongoing review of safety procedure we have the following request to make of parents, especially at the younger end of the school, including the nursery.
This concerns pupils being met at the end of the school day or being uplifted earlier e.g. for dental appointments.
Could we ask, that if it is not the usual person who is meeting the child, that the school is contacted in advance to advise us of this.
We have to be clear if we do not have this information identifying the replacement adult then the child will have to be held within the school until we can clarify matters.
A simple note or phone call from parents is all that is required.