Phone 461 6900 or text 027 261 6901 the school, preferably before 9:00am and advise us of your child’s name, room number, and the reason for the absence.
If it is a planned absence (ie holiday) the school needs to be notified in advance in writing. This can be emailed to the school office: firstname.lastname@example.org
If your child arrives after the 8:55am bell, you must report to the office to sign your child in. If the child is unaccompanied and arrives late, they must go to the office before going to class and sign themselves in.
It is very important that the school is advised of any changes to caregiver contact details.
Please note that if you have an answerphone facility, it is your responsibility to check in case the school has been trying to contact you.
Newlands Primary School uses the following procedure to follow up on absent students:
- The electronic attendance register is marked within the first 10 minutes after school starts at 8:55am.
- Names of children not present are recorded electronically.
- Those children’s names that are recorded will be checked against reported absences.
The school will contact parents of absent children in the following order:
1. text to mobile phone
2. home phone
3. work phone
4. emergency contact phone
The school will make every effort to make contact with the parents/caregivers but if we are not able to talk to you, it will be noted that contact has been tried, but no contact was made, and all means of contact have been exhausted to explain your child’s absence.
If there is no reply to any number and there is an answerphone, a message will be left for you or your child’s caregiver to make contact with the school.