Regular school attendance has always been important.
Without it the efforts of the best teachers and the best schools will come to nothing. Education provides a means of advancement for all young people. Pupils need to attend regularly if they are to take full advantage of the educational opportunities available to them in law. Irregular attendance undermines the educational process and leads to educational disadvantage.
It is parents' responsibility to inform school of the reason for a child's absence as soon as possible.
Parents are expected to contact the School Office on the first day of absence before 9:00 am giving as much information as is available at that time. If the absence is prolonged, interim information would be appreciated, so that the school can help with homework or other necessary arrangements.
On their return to school children should bring a letter from their parents confirming the reason for their absence and giving any other appropriate information eg medical appointments or discharge notices.
In the event of no contact having been made regarding a child's absence, the parents will be contacted by the School Office. If unexplained absence continues, or the school is concerned regarding irregular attendance, the Locval Authority Attendance Officer will be contacted.