Attendance, Absence and Holiday Reporting

Reporting your childs absence due to illness

The school works with the Education Welfare Service and follows their guidance for dealing with lateness and absence. School must be informed of absence on the first day by telephone, we have a voicemail service where you can leave a message before 9am. Any absence not explained is registered as unauthorised. 

Please use the following numbers:

Nursery or Infant child: 0151 338 2260 opt 1

Junior child: 0151 338 2260 opt 2

Please leave a voicemail and ensure you provide details of the reason for your childs absence. Please note that if your child is absent due to sickness or diarrhoea, they will be unable to return to school for 48hrs after their last episode. This is the government advice to reduce the risk of the illness spreading. For guidelines on this or any other recommended exclusion period, please see the guidance sheet attached.

 

Covid Guidance

If anyone in your household has any of these symptoms, please do not send your child to school:
 

  • High Temp - over 37.8

 

  • New, continuous cough - this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

 

  • A loss of or change to sense of smell or taste - this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal


Any person experiencing these symptoms should be kept off school and should arrange to be tested for Covid-19 immediately and the school notified through the normal channels - either email or telephone call to the office. The whole family need to isolate, this includes, siblings and children where parents are displaying symptoms.

The household should remain isolated until a negative test result is received. Please inform school of the result as soon as it is received by emailing: covidtest@woodlands.cheshire.sch.uk Please email even it is during the evening or weekend. This email address will be monitored 24/7.

Typical symptoms of a cold, such as runny nose or a sore throat, are not considered symptoms of corona virus, and as such children do not need to be kept off school unless they are too unwell to attend. 

The previous advice for remaining off school for 48 hours for children presenting with sickness or diarrhea from the last bout still applies.

 

Holiday or any other absence reporting

The government discourages holidays taken during term time and we would ask that parents avoid booking family holidays during term time. If this is absolutely unavoidable, you should apply in writing on a ‘Leave of Absence’ request form available from school at least four weeks in advance of the period for which leave is to be requested. At this time parents should advise of any extenuating circumstances they feel apply to their application. Leave will only be granted in exceptional circumstances (the only exception that the LA recognise is Service Leave).  We would also ask that non-urgent medical/dental appointments are made outside of school hours.

Following an application for Leave of Absence, parents will be advised in writing whether leave has been authorised or not and whether the Local Authority will be notified and a Fixed Penalty Notice applied.

Please find attached a Leave of Absence form.

 

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