As many of you are aware, in the Primary School our normal procudure is for parents to contact their son or daughter's class teacher and Primary Absence (firstname.lastname@example.org) and in the Secondary School to contact their son or daughter’s form tutor and Secondary Absence email@example.com to let them know that their son or daughter will be absent and why. This will then be logged into our system as an authorised absence and we will not follow up with a phone call home. If parents do not inform us, it will be marked as unauthorised until we are able to confirm that the student is absent with parental consent.
The change to this procedure is if a student is away with a fever or has the symptoms of an infectious disease, our school nurse will follow up with a phone call to ascertain the extent of the problem. New guidelines in Shanghai state that if a student is absent with a fever or symptoms of an infectious disease, they must not return to school until they are 24 hours fever free or symptom free.
In order to support our school nurses with this, and in order to avoid parents receiving calls when they are trying to support their child at home, we request you give as many details as possible in the absence email. The purpose of this procedure is to keep our community safe and limit the spread of infections in school. We are conscious that students do not want to miss learning time, but I would reiterate that we all have a role in keeping each other safe and if a student has concerns about an extended absence they should contact their teachers and Head of Year to have work sent home.