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Late/Absence Procedures

Top School

 

  • Bell rings at 8.45am (rainy days 8.40am).  Children enter through the oak door at the front of the school which closes at 9.00am. 
  • If a child arrives after the door is closed the parent and child should go to the office and complete the late form, detailing the time of arrival and the reason for being late.  If a child has more than 5 late marks in a half term, the Head Teacher will contact the parents to discuss.
     

Lower School

 

  • Reception and Year 1 classes are dropped off at Top School on a Wednesday and Friday.
  • Reception and Year 1 classes are dropped off at Lower School on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Any variation to these arrangements will be communicated to parents via Schoolcomms and notices on the school/parent board at Lower School.
  • Lower School bell rings at 8.40am and doors open.  If a child arrives after the door is closed, the parent should complete the late form, detailing the time of arrival and the reason for being late.  If a child has more than 5 late marks in a half term, the Head Teacher will contact the parents to discuss.

 

Arriving in school late means that the class is disrupted, as the teacher may have already given instructions for lessons or events taking place during the school day, which your child may miss.  This can be frustrating for the teacher and upsetting for the child – not a good way to start the day!

 

The Attendance Improvement Officer visits once a term and looks at all aspects of attendance including pupils arriving late and will follow up some persistent cases if she feels it is necessary.

  

Illness and Other Circumstances

 

If your child is unable to attend school due to illness or any other circumstances, please inform the school office before 9.00am, leave a message on the answer phone or send an email to admin@stmichaels.herts.sch.uk   Similarly, please also make the office aware if you know your child is going to be late (after 9.10am).

 

If your child is suffering from sickness or diarrhoea, they must not come back to school until they have been clear of symptoms for 48 hours.  These are guidelines set by the Beds/Herts Health Protection Agency.  These guidelines are put in place to protect your child and prevent the spreading of illness to other children and staff.  Even though your child may seem well, it is impossible to know the exact cause of the illness and their situation could change.

 

We will do our best to deal with any illness or injury that occurs at school but, whilst our staff are trained in emergency and paediatric first aid, we do not have qualified medical staff on site.

  

Medical and Dental Appointments

 

Please ensure that whenever possible appointments are made outside of the school day.  If essential they should be made at the beginning or end of the day.  Children are expected to attend school before or after the appointment where applicable.  Parents should give advance warning of the appointment by informing the office in writing.

 

Holidays and Planned Absences

 

The Head Teacher is not permitted to grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances.

 

In cases of absolute necessity, permission should be sought from the Head Teacher by written request who will consider whether she can provide “authorised” approval, for example funeral or family illness.   Family holidays are generally recorded as “unauthorised” absence on the school’s registration system. 

 

The local Attendance Officer meets termly with the Head Teacher to discuss attendance and look at the school records.

 

We strongly discourage parents from withdrawing their children from school or taking their holidays during term time because it causes considerable disruption to their learning. Not only do they miss the work from their time off from school but also when children return, they often have difficulty understanding their tasks because of the teaching they have missed whilst they were away. Children may also find it difficult to settle on their return.

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