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Illness, absence and punctuality

Attendance and Punctuality 

Good attendance and punctuality is vital to your child's progress. Please notify the school in writing or by telephone if your child is going to be absent or late. It is vital that you contact the school by 9:00am so that we know that your child is not going to be in school.  We will follow up on any unexplained absence or lateness with a phone call. School attendance is a legal requirement and is enforced by Warrington Borough Council. 

  • All children need to be in school for registration at 8:50am. 
  • Children arriving after 8:55am must report to the school office and will receive a late mark. 

If your child needs to leave school during the day to attend an appointment, please let us know in writing or by telephoning the school 

Illness 
When a child is obviously unwell, the best place to be is at home with an adult. If a child becomes ill during the school day, we will contact parents/carers or your emergency contact for your child to be collected from school. 

If the illness is infectious, other children and teachers may also become ill, so the child must be kept at home. Should your child have an infectious illness, tell us soon as this has been confirmed by a doctor. 

Please refer to the following guidance from Public Health England with regards to exclusion periods for different infections. Please note that not all infections require a period of absence from school, so it is vital that parents refer to the exclusion table or contact the school office for more advice. 

Sickness & Diarrhoea 

Based on the information shared on the Public Health England Website, children should not return to school until they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours and feel well. We appreciate that this is inconvenient in many cases and you may not believe your child is ill, but you will appreciate that we do this in all cases and it should reduce the risk of infection for all children in schools. 

Further guidance on infection control may be found on the Public Health Website. 

Holiday Requests

Pupils attend school for 190 days per academic year. Regular attendance is vital to your child's academic progress. The Local Authority has informed school that 'contrary to popular belief, there is no entitlement to ten days off school for family holidays'. Parents should not normally take pupils on holiday in term term and parents must inform school if they are planning on taking their child on holiday during term time. 

If you feel that you have no choice but to take your child on holiday during term time please put your request in writing to Mr Harding and send to the following email address: stocktonheath_primary@warrington.gov.uk

Please note that Headteachers have been advised to only agree to holiday requests in exceptional circumstances otherwise it will be treated as an unauthorised absence. 

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