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Absence Reporting


Parents/ carers are requested to telephone the office on 01822 840410 before 9.15am if their child is going to be absent/late.


Office staff check all class registers between 9.15am and 9.25am on a daily basis, to identify those pupils who are absent. Where a child is absent from school and we have not received any verbal or written communication from the parent, we initiate the first day contact procedures. If no message is left with the school office we will telephone, in turn, each of the contacts on the list provided by the parents, if we are still unable to get confirmation as to why the child is not at school we will proceed to a welfare check (this is a visit to the home address), this is carried out by the senior staff at Bere Alston Primary or the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO), if we are still unable to confirm the child's welfare we will call 101 to report the child as missing. This is the school’s duty of care and safeguarding for your child.


The class register begins at 8.55am and closes at 9.05am. If your child arrives after the register has started at 8.55am but before it has closed at 9.05am they will be coded as late (L). If they arrive after 9.05am they will be coded as arriving after the register has closed (U) which is an unauthorised absence.


We have a 48 hour rule for any sickness/diarrhoea to try to prevent any outbreaks. Please ensure that if your child has suffered with either of these, they remain absent from school for a clear 48 hour period from the last attack.