What should I do if my child is absent?
Students are legally required to attend school every day and should only be absent in real emergencies. If your child is not in school they must have a justified reason.
We ask parents to arrange non-urgent medical appointments out of school hours and write a note in advance. If this is not possible appointments should be arranged either first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon. We will only authorise a half day absence for a medical appointment on production of a medical appointment card and any absences without this evidence will remain on the students records as unauthorised.
We would expect students to be absent for the time of the appointment only and not the whole day. The school will decide if the absence will be authorised after the reason has been given.
If a student needs to leave during the school day they must have a written parental note with them or an email must be received at school in order for them to sign out. If we do not have written permission from parents they will not be allowed to leave the school site. School staff will not make contact with parents/guardians to confirm details of such appointments.
If your child is absent from school please telephone our dedicated absence lines before 9.15am and leave a message clearly stating the reason for the absence. Alternatively, you may email the relevant member of Attendance staff.
Years 10 & 11: Mrs M Tarlton - 01604 598967 - MTartlon@thedustonschool.org
If the school does not receive contact regarding absence we will endeavour to contact you via our ‘In Touch’ messaging service. This service will send a text message and email to the first contact on the numbers that you have provided. Please ensure we are updated regularly with any change in contact details, this includes email and home addresses. If we remain unable to contact you the absence will be coded as unauthorised. On the third day of absence we may conduct a home visit to ascertain reasons for absence. For absences relating to illness of five days or more we may request medical evidence to confirm the absence.