Absence due to Illness

ABSENCE

Illness

If your child is going to be absent from school due to illness, then please inform the office before 9am in the morning and let us know why your child is going to be absent, and when you expect them to return. If your child is off for more than one day, we must still be informed each day of your child's absence until they return to school.

Please note in instances of sickness and/or diarrhoea, please keep your child off school for 48 hours, timed from the last occurrence.

Please call 01841 532510 or email Jenny Brooks at jenny.brooks@padstowschool.org.

Medication

We will administer prescribed medication to children if:

  • They are handed in to the office and the appropriate form is completed with clear written instructions.  Instructions on the bottle are not sufficient.
  • The medicine is labelled with the child's name and dose.
  • The timing of the dose is not critical.
  • Parents should collect medicines from the office at the end of the school day.

We have to dispense all medicines centrally; this has to be done at playtime or lunch time. Where medicine has to be given four times a day, it would be helpful if you gave one dose before school and two after, leaving us to give one only in the middle of the day.

The above does not apply to asthma inhalers which often need to be kept with the child. Parents need to complete our Asthma form to enable this. It is available from the school office. Parents of children with asthma should encourage them to learn to take responsibility for their own medication.

Absences / Extended Leave

If extended leave is required eg a close family bereavement or other exceptional circumstances you will need to complete a form, available from the school office, for the Head of School to consider whether the absence will be authorised or not.  If you are taking your child out of school for a holiday, or any other event, then a holiday request form must be filled in prior to the absence. Please note that holidays during term time are not authorised in line with Government guidelines. Absences will be recorded as 'unauthorised' on the register.

Medical appointments

If you need to take your child out of school for any length of time to attend a medical appointment, then the school office must be notified in advance. We also ask to see the letter confirming the date and time of the medical appointment. Please ensure that, where possible, medical appointments are made outside of school time.