School Absence Procedures.
Safeguarding your children is our number one priority at Our Lady and St. Patrick's. This includes knowing where the children are if they are not in school, and the reasons for this. We have robust procedures in place to ensure we know why children are absent from school.
If your child is going to be absent from school, it is vital that you inform us, either through a message at the office or via telephone (01900 812582.) We have an answering machine which will allow you to leave messages outside of the school day. We should always hear from you by 9am at the latest.
Once we are aware that a child is absent from school without explanation, we will follow a protocol which involves texting and phoning parents / carers and any other emergency contacts we have on file. We should have three contact numbers for all children, if at all possible.
If we still do not have any response or reason for absence, the final step we will take is a home visit and, if necessary, we will ask the Police to call to the house to carry out a welfare check. All of this will happen before the end of the school day on the first day of absence, if we do not know why a child is absent.
Where regular absence is an issue, we have a range of procedures in place, including meetings in school, meeting with representatives from the Local Authority and ultimately taking the child's parents/carers to court. Every day really does matter when it comes to education, and absence can significantly impact on your child's learning and future.