Parents are expected to contact the school on the first day of their child’s absence to explain the reason and to establish an expected date of return. In the case of a prolonged absence, parents are required to update the school every forty-eight hours. On the child’s return to school, parents should provide the school with a written explanation for the absence. Parents should also provide an explanation when their child arrives late for school.
Regular school attendance is extremely important in securing a good education, and instils in children an understanding of responsibility and commitment. It is the parents’ responsibility and their legal duty to ensure that their children attend school. Fortunately for us at Danehill CEP School, the majority of parents impress upon their children the value of punctuality and regular attendance, but this is something we constantly strive to improve. Through good communication, the whole school community should have a clear understanding of the school’s policy and expectations regarding pupil attendance. If a pupil returns to school following an absence and there is no reason given, a standard letter will be sent home. The response is then recorded at the school office. A letter will also be sent if a pupil is often late for school.
For our full Absence and Attendance Policy please click here.