As we enter into our new term, I would like to take the opportunity to remind students of the importance of having good attendance.
For our KS3 students, school provides a safe space where they can develop their social and academic skills in order to succeed throughout their school career.
Meanwhile, with the exam season fast approaching, it is important that our students in years KS4 and KS5 are attending school daily to ensure that they are fully engaged in preparing for their summer examinations, as there will be lots of tips, information and advice given in lessons, during these last few weeks.
During the winter months, illnesses such as vomiting, diarrhoea and the flu are prevalent. To avoid absence from school we advise parents and carers to encourage their children to follow the guidance suggested by the Public Health Agency to prevent the spread of illness within school.
This practice states that:
- Regular and thorough hand washing is one of the most important ways of controlling the spread of infection, especially those that cause diarrhoea and vomiting. Always wash hands after using the toilet, before eating or handling food.
- Coughing and sneezing easily spread infection. Children and adults are encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a tissue. Always wash hands after coughing, sneezing or using tissues.
- Animals carry many infections, so wash hands after handling pets.
For any further advice please visit the NHS Live Well site.
We know that some illness is unavoidable and to be expected, but we would recommend parents to send their children to school, especially in the event of them having a mild cough or cold, as they will often ‘perk up’ when amongst their friends. If students do become unwell we will contact parents and carers and send students home.
If students are experiencing sickness and diarrhoea we advise parents that there should be 48 hours absence from school from the last episode of illness.
All absences should be reported and we kindly request that you inform us daily if your child is absent from school. Please contact the school’s absence line with your child’s name, form group and the reason for absence on 01902 368796 extension 3701 / 3702. Alternatively, the information can be sent by text or given in person at the school office.
We wish you a healthy 2020.