First Federation Attendance Policy
Parents / Carers are requested to telephone the office on 01626 862444 and leave a message on the absence line before 9.15am if their child is going to be absent/late. The reason for absence must be in full i.e. sickness on Sunday, temperature, severe cold etc. Please do not leave vague messages i.e. unwell, ill or under the weather as the school office will have to call you back for more information.
Where a child is absent from school and we have not received any verbal or written communication from the parent, then we initiate a first day contact process. Office staff check all class registers between 9.05am and 9.15am on a daily basis, to identify those pupils who are absent. If no message is left with the school office we will send a text asking for a call to school to notify and confirm the reason for absence. If there is no response to the text, school will telephone the first name on the contact list. If there is still no response, school will ring other numbers on the contact list, until a reply is received. This is the school’s duty of care and safeguarding for your child.
The class register opens at 8.55am and closes at 9.05am. Pupils arriving after 09.05 should report to the office and are marked as late. Those arriving after 9.10am will be recorded as having an unauthorised absence, unless a reason is received from parents/guardians.
*The times from which children will be marked as “late” or “late after registration closed” will be clearly communicated to parents.
We have a 48 hour rule for any sickness/diarrhoea to try to prevent any outbreaks. Please ensure that if your child has suffered with either of these, they remain absent from school for a clear 48 hour period from the last attack.