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We aim to produce 2 school newsletters per year. These are usually issued in Term 2 and Term 4. To view them, please click the link below.
We hope you enjoy reading them!
Absence / Sickness
If your child is ill, please phone in before 9.30am to inform of the absence and to give a reason. We also request that parents continue to update us, if necessary, on a daily basis of their child’s absence. All pupils arriving in the Secondary Department after 9am must inform the School Clerical staff. If we have not heard from parents on a day that your child is not in school, the Clerical Staff will make contact with home and enquire about the reason for the absence.
If the pupil is to be absent due to a doctor appointment, dentist appointment etc. then Parents’ should phone to the school the day before the appointment to inform us of the details. Pupils do not need to bring in notes explaining their absence if a phone call has already been received.
Section 30 of the Education (Scotland) Act 1980 lays a duty on all Parents of children of School Age to ensure that they attend school regularly. Attendance must be recorded twice a day, morning and afternoon. Regulation 7 of the Education (School and Placing Information)(Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1993 requires each child’s absence from school to be recorded in the school register as AUTHORISED i.e. approved by the Education Authority, or UNAUTHORISED i.e. unexplained by the parent (truancy) or temporarily excluded from school.
Every effort should be made to avoid taking holidays during term time as this disrupts the child’s formal education and reduces learning time. If parents have to arrange family holidays during term time please, before going on holiday, inform the School, of the dates concerned by filling in our Leave of Absence Form or contact either School Office for a copy.
Primary pupils must not leave the School environs during school hours without permission.
Please see below a reminder of the advice from the NHS to prevent bugs spreading during the coming winter as well as guidelines for how long pupils are to stay off school:
Bugs Bugs Bugs
It sometimes feels like there are always bugs going around. The commonest sorts of things that affect children in school are coughs, colds and sore throats; chickenpox; diarrhoea and vomiting bugs; hand, foot and mouth disease; threadworms and headlice.
There is lots of information about prevention and treatment :
- NHS Inform website (use the A-Z Guide) www.nhsinform.co.uk
- NHS Shetland ‘Self help’ Guide. www.shb.scot.nhs.uk/community/documents/NHSShetland-SelfHelpGuide.pdf
Pharmacists are a great source of information, and there are some treatments for children that you can get for free, without a prescription, under the ‘Minor Ailments’ Scheme, including paracetamol, brufen and headlice treatment.
It can be difficult to prevent infections spreading, especially amongst younger children, but really good handwashing can help with things like stomach bugs, coughs and colds, and threadworms.
How long should children stay off school for?
- Coughs, colds and sore throats - children should stay off if they are poorly.
- Diarrhoea and vomiting - whilst they have symptoms and for 48 hours AFTER the first normal stool and the last episode of vomiting, even if symptoms have stopped and they feel well.
- Chickenpox - five days after onset of rash, until crusted over, and child is well.
- Hand, foot and mouth disease – children should stay off if they are unwell.
- Headlice– don’t need to stay off school but should be treated by wet combing or medicated lotion.
- Threadworms - don’t need to stay off school but should be treated.