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Absence from School for Exceptional Circumstances and Penalty Notices

Parents are required under the Education Act (1996) to ensure your child attends school regularly. If your child has 10 sessions of unauthorised absence, within a set time frame,  you may be liable for a penalty notice (a one day absence equals two sessions and a five day absence is equal to 10 sessions).

An unauthorised absence is any absence that the Headteacher has not given permission for or where a satisfactory explanation has not been provided.

Parents must complete a request for absence from school in exceptional circumstances form and submit this to the school, allowing sufficient time  to enable the school to consider the request and inform parents of the decision. 

Where parents do not follow the school's procedures for submitting a request and simply remove their child without seeking prior approval, a warning may not be given and you may be liable for a penalty notice.  

If your request is declined or you do not follow the correct procedure and you still take your child out of school, each parent within the household may be issued with a £60 penalty notice for each child you have taken out of school. If a penalty notice remains unpaid after 21 days it will increase to £120. If after 28 days it remains unpaid you may be summonsed to appear before Magistrates to explain why your child has unauthorised absences and you may be liable for a fine of up to £1000.

There is no longer a provision in law for Headteachers to authorise an absence for the purpose of a term time holiday. We therefore follow guidance from the East Riding Council on exceptional circumstances and penalty notices.  Further information can be found on the council website or through the link below.

 

https://www.eastriding.gov.uk/learning/schools-colleges-and-academies/school-attendance/holidays-during-term-time-and-authorised-absence-from-school/

Helping with Illness

When your child is unwell, it can de difficult deciding whether to keep them off school. Not every illness needs to keep your child from school.  If your child is not well enough to come to school, please let us know as soon as possible.  Below are a few guidelines (taken from the Health Protection Agency, April 2010 and the East Riding School Absence Guidance, September 2019)

 

Asthma

If your child is diagnosed with asthma, you need to inform the school.  Inhalers are left in school.

 

Athletes foot

Children should not be kept off school and attend as usual.  Treatment is recommended. 

 

Broken bones

We can often make arrangements, following medical advice, for children to attend with broken bones.

 

Chicken pox

Children should remain at home until all sores have crusted over.  This is usually around 5 days from the onset of the rash.

 

Cold sores

Children should not be kept off school and attend as usual.

 

Coughs and colds

If your child has a minor cough or cold they can still attend school.  However, if the cough or cold is accompanied by a raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness that is not responding to medication the child should stay off school and seek medical advice.

 

Conjunctivitis

Children should not be kept off school and attend as usual.

 

Diarrhoea

Children should be absent from school for 24 hours.  If symptoms persist or reoccur then medical guidance should be sought.

 

Earache

If your child has earache and not responding to medication, you should seek medical advice.

 

Eczema

Children can attend school even when eczema is being treated.  Pupils should only be absent from school if advised by a medical professional because it is so severe.

 

Flu

Children should remain off school until recovered. 

 

German Measles

Children should be absent for 4 days from the onset of the rash.

 

Glandular Fever

Children should not be kept off school and attend as usual.  This infection is not caught by day to day contact. However, if your child displays other symptoms, medical guidance should be sought.

 

Hand, foot and mouth

Children should not be kept off school and attend as usual.

 

Hay fever

Children should not be kept off school and attend as usual.

 

Headache

A child with a minor headache does not usually need to be kept off school.  However, if the headache is more severe and accompanied with other symptoms such as a raised temperature or drowsiness, then medical guidance should be sought.

 

Head lice

Treatment is required but children should not be absent from school.

 

Hives

Children should not be kept off school and attend as usual.

 

Impetigo

Children should be absent from school until lesions are crusted or healed or 48 hours after starting antibiotics.  Where possible infected areas should be covered. 

 

Measles

Children should be absent from school 4 days from the onset of the rash.

 

Mouth ulcers

Children should not be kept off school and attend as usual.

 

Mumps

Children should be absent for 5 days after the onset of swelling.

 

Raised temperature

Fever is often a common symptom of a viral infection.  Medical guidance should be sought and your child encouraged to drink plenty of liquids.

 

Rash

These can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses.  Children should not attend school until medical guidance has been sought.

 

Ringworm

Treatment is required but children can usually attend school.

 

Scabies

Children can return to school after their first treatment.  The household will require treatment.

 

Scarlet Fever

Children can return to school 24 hours after starting appropriate antibiotic treatment.

 

Sore throat

This alone is not a reason to keep your child from school.  If it is accompanied by a raised temperature, then medical guidance should be sought.

 

Temperature

A raised temperature can usually be identified through a child looking or feeling shivery.  There are lots of reasons for a raised temperature and if symptoms persist medical attention should be sought. 

 

Threadworm

Children can attend school but treatment is recommend for the child and household.

 

Tonsillitis

There are many cases of tonsillitis but most cases are due to viruses and do not need antibiotics.  Children do not usually need time off school unless the symptoms include a raised temperature.

 

Toothache

School attendance should be maintained until your child can be seen by a dentist.

 

Vomiting

Children should be absent from school for 24 hours.  If symptoms persist or reoccur then medical guidance should be sought.

 

Warts and verruca

Children should not be kept off school and attend as usual.  If your child will be swimming, then the verrucae should be covered.

 

Whooping cough

Children can return to school 5 days from starting their antibiotics or 21 days from the inset of the illness if no antibiotic treatment.

 

 

 

 

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