Absence & Punctuality

Absence from School

If your child is not at school for any reason, please call and let us know the reason for absence. A voicemail facility exists 0121 353 1738 Option 1 for parents to leave a message or you can call the office. This will ensure we comply with the Department for Education (DfE) regulations on registration and absences. If we have not received a message by 9:30am we will call you for a reason for absence.

In your message, please leave specific details e.g. symptoms if unwell, when the symptoms started and any medical advice you have been given. If you leave a vague message, such as “not well”, someone from the office team will need to phone you back to obtain further details.

If a member of your household is suffering from any of the following symptoms, your household must isolate and a coronavirus (Covid-19) test should be booked for the person experiencing the symptoms.

The NHS website lists the main symptoms of COVID-19 as:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back or have a temperature over 37.8C
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

To book a test please follow this link 

https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/antigen/condition 

or call 119 to speak to NHS track and trace.

If your child has a positive Covid-19 test result, please phone the school as soon as possible to let us know and keep your child at home. In this scenario, we would need to speak to Public Health Walsall and follow their advice.

If your child has suffered from sickness (vomiting) and or diarrhoea then  your child cannot to return to school until there has been 24 hours clear of the last episode of sickness or diarrhoea.

Punctuality:   To ensure social distancing we currently have staggered start and finish times across the school.  All children should be at school by 9:00am at the latest please.

Holidays in Term-time:   In light of the prolonged school closure last year and the impact that this will have inevitably had on education, we will not be authorising any holiday requests at present. Requests for leave of absence from school during term will only be granted in very exceptional circumstances.

This is now a crucial time for the children to re-establish their friendship groups and take forward their learning after a period of significant disruption; a child away on holiday will find it harder to re-join groups that have been re-established which will inevitably cause distress and impact further on learning.  We ask that all parents accommodate holidays or absence that can be planned for e.g. family occasions during the 13 weeks available in the year when the school is not in session and by so doing, support their children in maximising their learning in school time.

All term time leave requests must be made in advance and in writing to the Headteacher.  Failure to do this may result in potential safeguarding concerns.  Please note this is also applicable to nursery aged children. Full details of our attendance policy and attendance guidance for parents is available here:  

http://www.manor.walsall.sch.uk/page/?title=Policies&pid=19