Attendance, Illness and Holidays
Carlton Road Academy actively promotes and rewards good attendance, so please make sure your child attends regularly and on time. The school is open from 8.40am each morning so that children can enter before registration begins at 8.50am. Collection time from outside your child’s classroom is 3.15pm prompt. Our school is open to children 32 hours and 55 minutes each week.
Being in school every day is so important and good school attendance is a big part of our culture at Carlton Road Academy, but why is it so important?
All parents want the best for their children and for them to get on well in life. Having a good education is important to ensure that they have the best opportunities in their adult lives. They only get one chance at school, and your child’s future may be affected by not attending school regularly. If children do not attend school regularly, they may:
· Struggle to keep up with their learning. In a busy school day it is difficult for schools to find the extra time to help a child catch up.
· Miss out on the social side of school life. Poor attendance can affect children’s abilities to make and keep friendships; a vital part of growing up. Have less chance of securing a job when they are adults.
If you or your child are experiencing any issues which may prevent them from having good attendance, please come and speak to us.
Contacting the school if your child is absent
- Please ring the school office on 01205 364674. You may also notify us of any absence on the WEDUC application, where you can complete an absence form. You must contact the school on every day of absence.
- If school is not notified of an absence, a member of staff from school will phone to find out why your child is absent.
- If no contact is made with the school,or absence extends over 3 days, please be aware that a home visit may be made by our Attendance team and/or the Trust's Education Welfare Officer.
When might my child need to stay at home?
Sometimes children are too poorly for school. Most of the time however, unless your child has a fever and or a temperature, sickness or diarrhoea, they are able to attend school. Please be assured should a child attend school and then we can see they become too unwell to manage during the school day, we would make contact with you.
The NHS had drawn up a new and helpful guide for schools and parents which covers most childhood ailments and whether a child needs to stay at home should they catch them, if they do, then this guidance explains for how long.
Please find the link below:
If your child is prescribed medicine by the doctor then the following rules apply:
- Medicine prescribed 3 times per day WILL NOT be given by staff. Parents can give the prescribed dosage morning, after school and bed time.
- Medicine prescribe 4 times per day WILL be given by a member of the staff but parents will need to complete and sign a form giving permission for this to happen.
For safety reasons, no children should be bringing medicines or tablets to school in their lunch boxes. Generally we would expect a child to have no more than 48 hours off school if they are given medication from the doctor unless absolutely necessary. Any child suffering from diarrhoea should also be kept off school for 48 hours.
From 1st September 2013 the Education Regulations 2006 were amended. As a result of these amendments, schools are no longer able to grant up to 10 school days of annual leave and holidays will no longer be authorised unless the reason is deemed to be an exceptional circumstance.
If you wish to seek approval for any request of absence for your child from the Academy, which you consider exceptional, you must apply in writing to the head teacher, ideally at least four weeks prior to the leave of absence. A decision will then be made about whether the absence is deemed as exceptional circumstances and evidence may be requested to support your application. You should only remove your child if the absence has been authorised by the Academy.
Should you fail to notify the Academy of an absence, or you choose to take your child out of Academy during term time when the absence has not been approved, or when a decision was still pending, the matter may well be referred to Lincolnshire County Council and a Fixed Penalty Notice (a fine is per parent /per child) could be issued for the period of absence. Failure to pay the Fixed Penalty Notice may result in further legal action being taken against you.