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Why should children be in school?

  • It is the LAW. Parents can get penalty notices if this law is broken.

  • It shows they are reliable

  • They do not miss any lessons

  • They increase their learning

  • They will do better in exams

  • They will be more likely to get a job

  • They will be safe and understand the importance of commitment (just like going to work and getting a job)

  • We really like your children being here!

Holidays during school term time are against the law!

  • Taking children on holiday or out of school during term time is against the law.

  • We understand that holidays during term time may cost less money, but they are still against the law.

  • Term time holidays are an increasingly serious issue – and the government is advising schools to take serious action where they need to in order to make sure they do not happen.

  • The school is not allowed to authorise absence during term time, unless there are exceptional reasons.

  • Taking unauthorised holidays could result in a penalty notice from the Local Authority.

What if my child is sick?

  • If your child is unwell and unable to attend school please contact the school each morning of your child's absence (unless vomiting or diarrhoea). Children with coughs and sneezes are still able to come to school.

  • If children are feeling tired please ensure that they go to bed earlier.

From time to time children are sick (vomit) either at home or at school. Unfortunately it is not possible to distinguish between the causes, and therefore it is essential that the same rule of exclusion applies in all cases of vomiting or diarrhoea.

Diarrhoea and Vomiting exclusion

Diarrhoea and/or vomiting commonly affects children and staff and can be caused by a number of different germs, including viruses, parasites and bacteria. Infections can be easily spread from person to person (by unwashed hands), especially in children. In general, it is recommended that any staff member or child with diarrhoea and/or vomiting symptoms must stay away or be excluded from the school or early years setting until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours (the ‘48 hour rule’) and feel well. Personal hygiene whilst ill must be very strict.

If your child is sick at school, we will ask you or your emergency contact to take your child home. They should not return for 48 hours to the school premises. We appreciate that this is inconvenient in many cases, and you may not believe your child is ill, but you will appreciate that we do this in all cases and it should reduce the risk of infection for all children in school. As an example, if your child is sick at lunchtime on a Tuesday, they should not return to school until after lunch on Thursday, provided there have not been any further episodes of vomiting and/or diarrhoea.

We are part of the Christchurch Learning Federation group of schools and we are committed to working together to ensure that there is a consistent approach to school attendance.  We work closely with the BCP attendance officer We have a shared policy towards improving and maintaining good attendance and a copy of this can be found below.

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