We give a high priority to good attendance and punctuality. Not only are these important habits for life, regular school attendance ensures that pupils do not miss vital areas of the curriculum. Lateness is also disruptive for pupils; they miss out on the routines which are in place to ensure a good start to the day.
At Bewick Bridge the doors open at 8.50am and children should be seated in class ready for registration by 9am. Classroom and entrance doors close at 9am. If you arrive after 9am you will need to enter via the main school reception and you will need to sign your child into school. A reason for lateness will be required each time your child arrives after 9am. The register closes at 9.15am and any child arriving after the register has closed will be marked as unauthorised. Unauthorised absence at the beginning of the day is particularly damaging to a child’s academic and social progress and for this reason will be treated very seriously by the school and the Education Welfare Officer (EWO).
Of course, absence cannot be avoided if children are too ill to attend school. In such cases it is important to inform the school if your child is going to be absent. You will need to call on the first and every subsequent day of absence (unless a period of absence is advised on the first day and not exceeded).
Notification should be received no later than 8:45am, you can call the office on 01223 508772 and speak to a member of the office team or leave a message. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. In all cases please leave the name of your child, their class and what the illness is.
The school will decide whether the absence is authorised or unauthorised. If the school does not hear from parents on the first day of absence, then we will make every effort to contact parents. If no explanation is given for the child’s absence, then this will be recorded as unauthorised.
The school's attendance policy provides more information on the processes used to support attendance and can be accessed here.
- Not every illness needs to keep your child from school. If you keep your child from school be sure to keep the school office informed.
- Use common sense when deciding whether or not your child is too ill to attend school. Ask yourself the following questions:
Is my child well enough to do the activities of the school day? If not, keep your child at home.
Does my child have a condition that could be passed on to other children or school staff? If so, keep your child at home.
Would I take a day off work if I had this condition? If so, keep your child at home.
If your child is ill, it's likely to be due to one of a few minor health conditions.
Whether you send your child to school will depend on how severe you think the illness is. Use the guidance to help you make that judgement.
Remember, if you're concerned about your child's health, consult a health professional.
- Cough and cold: A child with a minor couch or cold may attend school. If the cold is accompanied by a raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, the child should stay at home, visit the GP and return to school 24 hours after they start to feel better. If your child has a more severe and long-lasting cough, consult your GP. They can give guidance on whether your child should stay off school.
- Raised temperature: If your child has a raised temperature they should not be at school. They can return 24 hours after they start to feel better.
- Rash: Skin rashes can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses, such as chickenpox and measles. Children with these conditions should not attend school. If your child has a rash, check with your GP or practice nurse before sending them to school. There is a slideshow to watch on the NHS website to help your recognise your child's rash.
- Headache: A child with a minor headache does not usually need to stay away from school. If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then keep the child off school and consult your GP.
- Vomiting and diarrhoea: Children with diarrhoea and/or vomiting should definitely be kept off school until at least 48 hours after their symptoms have gone. Most cases of diarrhoea and vomiting in children get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult your GP
- Sore throat: A sore throat alone doesn't have to keep a child from school. But it it's accompanied by a raised temperature, your child should stay at home.
- Chickenpox: If your child has chickenpox, keep them off school until all their spots have crusted over.
For more information about these illnesses or about medicines for children please go to the NHS website.