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Parents/carers are requested to telephone the office on 01297 560591 and leave a message before 9:00am if their child is going to be absent/late. The reason for absence must be in full ie sickness on Sunday, temperature, severe cold etc. Please do not leave vague messages ie unwell or ill as the school office will have to call you back for more information. 

Office staff check all class registers between 8:55am and 9:30am daily to identify those pupils who are absent. Where a child is absent from school and we have not received any written or verbal communication from the parent, we initiate the first day contact procedures. 

If no message is left with the school office, we will telephone in turn each of the contacts on the list provided by parents. If we are still unable to get confirmation as to why the child is not at school, we will proceed to a welfare check (this is a visit to the home address). This is normally carried out by the senior staff from the school or the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO). If we are still unable to confirm the child’s welfare, we will call 101 to report the child as missing. 

This is the school’s duty of care and safeguarding for your child. 

Charmouth Primary School

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