I would like to draw your attention to two important procedures that may take place in school.
We fully appreciate that there are times when your child will be unable to attend school. However, it is essential that we know the reason why. If it is a reason other than illness, you must fill in a holiday request form and then the reason will be logged in the register. If it is due to illness or a medical appointment then you must inform the office that morning before 9:30 am.
If your child is absent from school, and we do not hear from you, then the following procedures will take place:
- 9:30 am – texts go to families to request an explanation for absence.
- 11:00 am – follow up phone calls and then emergency contacts are called.
- 12 noon – home visits will take place (if no response, the police will be called).
We have also had a number of families who are coming in late in the morning. Please note that school starts at 8:45 am. All children arriving after 8:45 am will be recorded as late and after 9:10 am they are recorded as unauthorised late.
We are currently updating our emergency planning procedures in school. These are necessary in case of emergencies when we need to lock down or evacuate the school. We will be talking to the children about this, in an age-appropriate way of course, and will be practising drills just like we would a fire drill. For your own safety can I please highlight that if you are ever in school and you hear a whistle being blown, or you are told we are going into lockdown, please go to the nearest classroom where the staff will instruct you on what to do.
If you have any further questions, please contact school.
Yours sincerely, Miss J. Barker.