Absence and Medicines in School

Leave of Absence Request

 

Please click on this link for our LHPSN – attendance policy 2016 (1)

If you have any questions about a request for absence please ring the school office  0121 445 1992 and speak with our Office Manager Mrs Tomlinson who can advise you on our Attendance Policy.

Please note; Due to Government legislation, holidays in term time will not be authorised except in exceptional circumstances. If you believe you have exceptional circumstances you should write to the Head teacher who will pass this to the Governors Attendance panel for consideration.

Please click on the links below to download the request form and guidance .

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Sickness Absence and Attendance

As soon as you know your child is ill you must ring the school office before 9am and leave a message on our dedicated pupil absence line so that we can enter this into our electronic attendance register. You should ring every day your child is absent, if we do not hear from you we will contact you first by text message and then by phone if necessary .  

Our well being pastoral assistants monitor absence every day. Class attendance is also monitored weekly. The KS1 and KS2 class with the highest % attendance each week is awarded the attendance trophy ,this is recorded on our attendance wall in the main school reception. Each class has their attendance recorded on their door as we know good attendance is essential for good learning. 

Attendance has risen over the past three years and been consistently above the national average for primary schools. Our target is currently 97% for the whole school.    

Medicines and First Aid 

Several members of staff have Paediatric First Aid training. Various other non-teaching staff have undertaken basic First Aid training however we are not trained medical staff and, therefore, if we are in any doubt as to the seriousness of an injury or illness we will contact parents or carers. Therefore it is essential that the school has accurate and up-to-date information, contact names and telephone numbers and back-up numbers should parents not be available.  

If your child has a medical condition then please inform the Head teacher via the School Office Manager. Staff will need to be aware of these conditions and the nature of the management for any symptoms. Asthma inhalers should be named and will be passed to the class teacher for safe keeping in a designated place close to the child. If your child needs a ‘care plan’ we can work with you and our school nurse to ensure that this is in place. 

Medicine must not be sent into school without prior discussions with the Head teacher . Staff do not have a legal duty to administer medicine. If your child is prescribed medicine four times a day then they should not attend school. If your child is prescribed medicine three times a day then you do not need to send it into school as it can be administered before and after school. However if your child is at the end of their medication and well enough to attend school then please contact the Headteacher to discuss a return to school plan. Medicine will always be stored in a secure locker in the school office but parents will always be required to attend school to administer any medicine. 

The Department of Health has issued guidance, which states that children should stay at home for at least 48 hours following the ending of any vomiting and/or diarrhoea illness. We have children in school with immune system deficiencies so ask that this guidance is adhered to. 

Children may be withdrawn during school hours with prior approval for medical/dental appointments although it is preferred, where possible, that such appointments are taken out of school hours. Parents must always collect and return children via the school office so that registers can be amended.