Crabtree Junior School

Crabtree Lane
Harpenden
Herts AL5 5PU
Tel: 01582 623501
Fax: 01582 623455

Headteacher: Mr Ian Pattrick
admin@crabtreejm.herts.sch.uk

Absence Protocol

For full information, please see the school's Attendance Policy.

Absence due to illness

Parents are asked to telephone/email on the first day of absence due to illness. In the absence of any communication from parents, the school office staff will attempt to make contact to ensure the child is safe. For absences of three days or less due to illness, parents are not expected to telephone other than on the first day of absence.

The school follows the Health Protection Agency guidelines regarding the recommended times that children should be kept away from school following an infection. In particular, please note that children should not return to school for a period of 48 hours from the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea.

On return to school the parent/carer should send a letter indicating the reason for the child’s absence and any information the school needs to support the pupil on their return.

Absence due to other reasons

In any instance where a child is absent from school for reasons other than illness, a written communication (letter or Email) must be sent to the school before the event.

For medical appointments, the note should be addressed to the class teacher and it is sufficient to hand it in on the morning of the absence.  However, it should be noted that it is expected that routine dental appointments and non-urgent medical appointments will normally be made outside school hours.  Unless the appointment is unavoidable, it will be marked as unauthorised in the class register.

For all other absences, the parent should write to the Headteacher at least one week in advance (if possible), using either the Notification of Absence Form or sending in a letter explaining the circumstances. The governors strongly discourage the taking of holidays during term time and unless there are exceptional extenuating reasons, the absence will be marked as unauthorised on the pupil’s record.