Parents / Carers are requested to report their child's absence using the Absence text service on the MYEd app or by telephoning the school office on 01884 33473 before 9.00 am, or as early as possible if their child is going to be absent/late. The reason for absence must be given in full i.e. sickness on Sunday, temperature, severe cold etc. Please do not supply vague messages i.e. unwell, ill or under the weather as the school office will have to call you back for more information.
Mrs Ingram checks the class registers first thing daily. Where a child is absent from school and we have not received any verbal or written communication from the parent as to the reason for the child's absence we will initiate our first day absence procedures. We will firstly send an absence alert text to the contacts who have parental responsibility, if no response we will then proceed to telephone all contacts held on the child's records, as supplied by the parents upon admission to the school. If at this point we have not been able to make contact to ascertain the reason for the child's absence we may carry out an home visit. This is the school’s duty of care and safeguarding for your child.
The school gates open at,8.45am and closes at 8.55am a member of staff will be on duty on the black gate.
The class register opens at 8.55am and closes at 9.10am. If your child arrives after the register has started at 8.55am but before it has closed at 9.10am they will be coded as late (L). If they arrive after 9.10am they will be coded as arriving after the register has closed (U) which is an unauthorised absence.
We have a 48 hour rule for any sickness/diarrhoea to try to prevent any outbreaks. Please ensure that if your child has suffered with either of these, they remain absent from school for a clear 48 hour period from the last attack.
Arriving Late at School
The times children can safely arrive at school and can go into their classroom is clearly stated on The School Day page of the website. If your child arrives after the school gate has closed, please take him/her into school through the school office and make sure that you sign them in using the iPad.
The attendance of children who arrive late will be registered as follows:
- A child arriving after the register has started but before the register has closed will be coded as “late” (code L).
- A child arriving after the register has closed will be coded as “Late after registration closed” (code U). This is counted as an “Unauthorised Absence”.
Please refer to The School Day page for the times of the school day.
Requests for holidays during term time can only be authorised in exceptional circumstances (please see our Pupil Attendance Policy at www.firstfederation.org) and should be submitted before the intended absence. We have to report any unauthorised absence of 5 days or more to Devon County Council, who may issue a penalty notice (i.e. a fine) per parent per child.
My child is unwell, should i keep her/him off school?
All schools follow guidance from Public Health England- 'The Red Spotty Book' which offers guidance on common childhood illnesses and provides us with information on whether your child should be kept away from school or not. If you are unsure please contact the school office and speak to a member of staff who will be able to advise you.
Below you will find some useful links on common childhood illnesses.