Southborough C of E Primary School

Pupil Absence

It is very important that children come to school every day and arrive at school on time.  At 8.55am class registers are taken and children arriving after this time will be marked as late. If your child is absent from school you must notify the school secretary of the reason for the absence by 9.30am and send a note to the class teacher when the child returns to school.  Repeated lateness or absences are followed up by the local Education Welfare Officer (EWO).

Holidays are not permitted during term time and absence will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances. Any requests must be made in writing giving full details of the reason why the leave is being requested.

For medical or dental appointments we request  these are made outside the school day.  If this is not possible however, we request that a note or relevant appointment card is sent into school prior to the appointment, your child should then be collected from the appropriate school office.  Children will not be released from school during school hours without an advance request note or the parent/guardian being present.

If your child is ill it is important that you call the school on the first day, and each subsequent day, to notify us of the reason for the absence. When your child returns to school they should bring a letter as confirmation of their absence. As a general rule, as recommended by Public Health England, we would expect that a child who has been suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea should be kept at home for 48 hours after the symptoms have stopped.

Public Health England Guidance on infection control