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Reporting Absence

All parents are asked to contact the school if their child is absent. This can be done by telephoning or by leaving a message on the school answerphone 01580211335

A letter also needs to be sent to school when your child returns, explaining the absence. If no notification is received about an absence on the first day, the parent/carer will contacted.

If a child is regularly late for school, or is often absent, then the parent/carer will be contacted by the school either by text, telephone or letter. If there is an urgent concern, then the Headteacher will be informed immediately and she will discuss this with the parents/carers before taking the appropriate action. Although it is an extremely rare occurrence for a child to truant, if there is a concern that a child may be truanting we will take action immediately. Attendance is monitored weekly to ascertain patterns of absence. The school has a designated Educational Welfare Officer, who liaises with the school on a regular basis to discuss attendance issues, and offer advice and support.

Vomiting & Diarrhoea – government guidelines state 48 hours following the last episode before returning to school.    In order to reduce the risk of infection of others we would ask that this guidance is adhered to.

See the link below for guidance from Kent County Council on absences.

http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-attendance/school-absences