Absenteeism Policy (Junior School)
1 When a child is to be absent from school the parent or guardian should advise the school.
1.1 For a lengthy absence a written note is required requesting dates of absences. This would cover cases involving lengthy illnesses, holidays etc.
1.2 For casual absences, a telephoned message or a written message to the school between 8.30 am and 9.00 am will be sufficient. The messages will be recorded by the staff in the Front Office.
2 When a child is absent from school the absence is to be reported by the classroom teacher to the Front Office before 9.15 am and the matter recorded in the Absentee Book.
2.1 Telephone lists and absentee lists will be compared.
2.2 In the case of any discrepancy in the records the school will contact the parent or guardian by telephone as soon as practicable after 9.30 am to alert the parent or guardian to the absence and to verify the reason.
3 By using these procedures it is hoped that parents/guardians will be advised as soon as practicable of their children’s absences from school, and in case of missing children, early action may be taken by parents/guardians to discover their children’s whereabouts.
4 The College Diary should always be used as the preferred means of communication between home and school unless of a personal nature.