Here at Rowandale we aim to give your children the very best education possible. Don't let your child miss out by poor attendance and lateness. It is essential that your child attends school on time every day. Their years at Primary School are the most important time to begin their learning.
Your child’s time at school is very valuable – they only get the chance once! It’s therefore very important that they miss as little school as possible. We do realise that absences due to illness or medical matters can be unavoidable and school is not the place for a child to be if they are unwell.
If your child is not going to be coming into school we ask you to phone the school as soon as possible on the first day of absence to let us know they won’t be in.
If your child arrives late to school, please report to the office to ensure they are marked present.
We are very supportive and welcome parents to contact us if there is a problem. Please keep talking to us!
- Department of Education Guide to attendance: Attendance A Parents Guide
In the unfortunate event of your child being unwell, you can notify the school office of your child’s absence by one of the following methods:
- Telephone – we would also expect a letter to be issued to the school office when your child returns to school
- Written note
- School Absence Note
You can download a copy of the school absence note here -Absence Note
You may also find the following DENI on attendance useful: Attendance - A Parents Guide
Information on Flu for Parents
Every year the Public Health Agency updates information on flu for schools and parents. The only major change this year is that most-at-risk children from 2 - 17 years old will be offered the new nasal spray vaccine instead of the injection. Flu normally increases at some stage between December and March. It is impossible to predict how serious flu will be, but it is always important to be prepared. Some information is attached for your information or alternatively you can visit www.fluawareni.net.
Key Guidelines for Exclusion
Based upon Health Protection Agency guidance we adhere to the following exclusion periods depending upon the symptoms and illness.
- Head Lice - head-lice-leaflet
- Slapped Check
- Hand, Foot and Mouth
- Vomiting – after last symptom
- Diarrhoea – after last symptom
5 Days from symptoms
- * Whooping Cough
- * German Measles
- * Measles
- * Mumps
- Chicken Pox
- * Scarlet Fever – can return 24 hours after commencing antibiotics
- Scabies – until fully treated
- Ringworm – until treatment has started
- Impetigo – until lesions have crusted over
* Notifiable Diseases