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Absence

Absence

Illness and Medical Appointments

If your child is unwell please call the school office before 0900 on the first day of absence and on each subsequent day of absence.

For relevant guidance please see the government policy for health protection in schools and other childcare facilities. This useful document includes a table detailing the exclusion periods required for various infections.

Symptoms of CV19 and Absence - Current Policy

Symptoms of CV19 and Absence

Updated 09/11/20

Please see the revised arrangements below – effective immediately:

All staff and parents are advised to use the Corona Warn App.

Signs and Symptoms

If a staff member or child has any of the following symptoms:

  • A new cough
  • A high temperature (37.5+)
  • A loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell

The person in question should not come to school and a doctor should be consulted.  The German authorities expect parents to keep the school informed about the absence and the outcome of any medical examination.  

If you are refused and would like one please let our office know. 
 
According to the instructions, all members of your household should isolate for 14 days from when the person in your home started having symptoms, or until a test confirms them negative and no other household member has symptoms.
 

In addition these symptoms are now considered suspicious:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Rhinitis (blocked nose) with sore throat
  • Headache and aching limbs
  • General weakness

Please do not attend school and consult a doctor.

Why have the arrangements changed?
We are aiming to protect operational output during the ongoing pandemic by keeping the school as open as possible. We are also seeking to protect any members of our community who are more vulnerable.  Thank you for your continued vigilance and support with this.  

Are there any exceptions? 
The approach may be modified based on clinical assessment and/or results (eg, a doctors note) that are shared and discussed with the school prior to a child or staff member returning.  
 
What if my child just has a seasonal cold?
CV-19 can present in a number of different ways. We are currently operating a ‘low threshold approach’ to illness. In addition to CV19 symptoms, please do not send your child to school if they have:
 

  • A cold,
  • Sore throat (if this includes a blocked nose consult a doctor),
  • Aching limbs and/or headache,
  • Nausea,
  • Vomiting in the last 48 hours.

Children with above symptoms may return once they are well.

Additionally they should not attend if they have had to take medications in the last 24hrs (such as paracetamol/acetaminophen, ibuprofen or aspirin) which may mask symptoms of infection.

Other sources of information can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/915553/Symptomatic_children_action_list_SCHOOLS.pdf

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection#symptoms

For matters concerning other members of your household please consult the FAQs

Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Situation What should be done
Another member of the household has been in close contact with someone now showing CV19 symptoms.

**updated**

Please call the school to discuss individual circumstances before attending.

If the symptoms match CV19 then caution should be exercised.  The person showing symptoms should speak with a physician to determine whether any measures are necessary.  The family should stay off school until the physician is consulted and should continue to stay off school if a test is ordered.  If the result is negative they can return to school.  If a quarantine is orderd they should remain off school for the duration of the quarantine.

UK Personnel – if you are charged for your test it may be possible to reimburse your expense.  Please discuss with our office.  

 

Another member of the household has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days.

**updated**

Please call the school to discuss individual circumstances before attending.

According to local policy the primary contact should be tested.  The family must not attend school unless until 14 days have passed from the last contact AND if the individual is not showing symptoms.  If a negative test result is obtained for the primary contact then the family can return to school.  This is a school policy to ensure: the continued safety and security of our staff and children, the continued operation of the school.

UK Personnel – if you are charged for your test it may be possible to reimburse your expense.  Please discuss with our office.  

A member of our household has returned from a risk area.

Updated 18/11/20 *this section may be subject to further change shortly.

The traveller must follow the German guidance.  If the guidance requires a quarantine a test can be obtained after 5 days.  If the test is negative then the individuals can return to school.  The rest of the household can continue to attend school unless the traveller develops suspicious symptoms.

The person showing symptoms should speak with a physician to determine whether any measures are necessary.  The family should stay off school until the physician is consulted and should continue to stay off school if a test is ordered.  If the result is negative they can return to school.

 

Non-Medical/Illness Absence

To request a period of absence not due to illness, please complete the form below.  This form applies from FS1-Y6.  

Ideally requests should be made at least 2 weeks prior to the absence.  The Head or Assistant Head Teacher may want to meet with you to discuss the absence prior to making a decision.  Please provide as much information on the form as possible to support a swift decision.  

Please note: Visits to new schools are generally approved as long as the shortest possible time of visit is arranged and options to visit during holiday periods have been fully explored.