Please let the school know by letter or phone if your child is likely to be absent for some time, and give your child a note on his or her return to school, confirming the reason for absence.
Please contact the school office by 9am to advise of any absence. If there is no explanation from a child’s parents, the absence will be regarded as unauthorised. Please also ensure that you keep the office informed of any changes to your contact details eg new mobile numbers. Cramond uses an email communication system, parentmail, which is an excellent medium to be kept updated with school information.
Please make every effort to avoid family holidays during termtime as this will disrupt your child’s education. Absence from school may qualify in exceptional circumstances for special authorised leave. Most term time holiday requests will be recorded as an unauthorised absence. Any requests for extended absence over two weeks will be referred to the Senior Education Manager: Inclusion, who will decide if it will be recorded as authorised or unauthorised leave.
Parents from minority ethnic religious communities may request that their children be permitted to be absent from school to celebrate recognised religious events. Absence approved on this basis, is regarded as authorised absence. Extended leave can also be granted on request for families returning to their country of origin for cultural or care reasons.
A supportive approach is taken to unexplained absence. However the children and families department has legal powers to write to, interview or prosecute parents, or refer pupils to the Reporter to the Children’s Panel, if necessary. All schools work in partnership with an Education Welfare Officer who may become involved if any child’s attendance is causing concern.