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Absence / Illness

At Brook Field we recognise the importance of children attending school whenever possible, to maximise their learning.

 

However, we do understand that there are times when children can’t or shouldn’t attend school, particularly if they are unwell.

 

If your child is not well enough to attend school please phone the school as early as possible and leave a message on the absence line – 01793 874582 option 1.  Please state clearly your child’s name, their teacher’s name and the reason for their absence. 

 

If your child has been sick and/or had diarrhoea we ask that they do not attend school until 48 hours after their last episode.  This follows advice from the Public Health Agency and is designed to stop the spread of sickness.  Your co-operation in keeping to these guidelines is appreciated.

 

Wherever possible medical, dental, optician’s and other such appointments should be made outside school time.  If this is not possible, please let the class teacher and the office know about the appointment, and whether your child needs to leave school early or will be arriving late.  It helps us if you can arrange to pick up / drop off your child outside of break and lunchtimes.

 

Government guidance does not permit holidays to be taken in school time except in very rare and exceptional circumstances.  If you are planning to take your child out of school for one or more days please complete and submit an absence request form before committing to any firm travel plans.  Your request will be considered as quickly as possible and you will be advised whether or not the absence can be authorised.  If it is not authorised and you chose to go ahead with your plans, you may receive a warning letter from the Head or a fixed penalty notice from Swindon Borough Council.

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