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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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
For more information about these illnesses or about medicines for children please go to the NHS website.