Information About Absences
To download an easy to use absence form (.docx format) to send to school with your child when he/she returns to school from an illness (or for another reason), please click below.
While we want all children in school whenever they are not sick, we also need to make sure we are meeting the needs of sick children ---- and not spreading illnesses.
- Fever - If your child has a fever they should remain at home until the fever has been gone for 24 hours.
- Vomiting - A child who vomits the night before, during the night, or in the morning ---- should NOT be sent to school.
- If your child has an illness that requires antibiotics (like strep throat) they need to be on the antibiotics long enough (usually at least 24 hours) so that they are feeling better and are no longer contagious.
- If your child has a cough/mild cold/allergy - all coughs and sneezes need to be covered. Remember the vampire cover - use the inside of your elbow to cover a cough or sneeze. If a hand is used, hand washing needs to follow.
I know it may be difficult for some parents when a child has to stay home, but it is for the students' safety. Not only do students not function well at school when they are ill, but there is a huge chance that they may infect other students as well. Please follow the health guidelines regarding colds and the flu. Visit your doctor if you are concerned about your child's health.
If your child has been absent from class, please remember to send a note regarding the absence the day he/she returns to school. It is a state mandate that we receive notification of the reason of each child's absence in a timely manner. If it is convenient, you may also call the office to notify them about your child's absence. If you write a note, please include your child's full name, the reason for the absence, the date of the absence, and your signature. You may use the form I sent home during Back to School Night if you wish since it has all the required parts on it. You may also send the same information to me in an e-mail if that is more convenient for you.
In addition, please make every attempt to pick up your child's work after school on the day he/she is absent. If you can do this, please email me in the morning and I will have it ready for you when you pick it up after school. If you notify me later in the day, the work may not be ready when you show up after school. If you cannot make arrangements for work to be picked up, students will receive their make-up work when they return to school.
Students usually have as many days to complete the work as they have been absent. (For example, if a student is absent on Monday and Tuesday and he/she returns to school on Wednesday, then the work will be given on that day and he/she will have Wednesday and Thursday to complete the work. The work would be due on Friday. The same due date is in effect even if the parents picked up work for the student on the days that he/she was sick.) Please make sure your child returns the work in a timely manner so he/she will not fall behind in our lessons. Thank you.