Pupil Absence

Reporting and Requesting Pupil Absence and Covid-19 Information

Lower School

For absence due to illness please call the School Office 01235 524658 or email attendance@ola.org.uk.

For medical and dental appointments please email your child’s class teacher to request permission for absence.

For all other planned absence please make your request in good time to the Head of OLA, email headspa@ola.org.uk. All requests are considered on an individual basis.

Senior School including OLA 6th

For absence due to illness please call the School Office 01235 524658 or email attendance@ola.org.uk in the first instance. If you also ‘cc’ the Form Tutor as a secondary source, this will ensure that the registration process is completed appropriately and avoids any situation in which a pupil will be misregistered.

For medical and dental appointments please email your child’s Form Tutor to request permission for absence.

For all other planned absence please make your request in good time to the Head of OLA, email headspa@ola.org.uk. All requests are considered on an individual basis.

Covid-19 Update

The latest government guidance can be found here:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

Please follow government guidelines if you or your child develop symptoms, and inform the School as soon as possible by email to Nurse@ola.org.uk and Attendance@ola.org.uk

Covid-19

COVID-19 continues to present us with challenges and, following a review of our protocols and risk assessments, we have introduced the following measures in addition to government guidelines and existing precautions:

  • All visitors to the school will be required to wear face masks or visors, and will continue to be asked to undertake a lateral flow test prior to their visit.
  • Windows and doors are in the process of being checked so that areas can be ventilated properly.
  • Identification of close contacts:
    • There are seating plans online for all lessons, and also for any clubs or activities where pupils could be a close contact.
    • For lunch, pupils will sit in a designated year group area. There are two dining rooms which are well ventilated.
    • Whole school assemblies and gatherings have been suspended, with recommencement under review.
  • Record of test results and pupil self-isolation:
    • All positive lateral flow test results are recorded, with a signal to await the PCR test result for that pupil and all close contacts.
    • If a pupil receives a positive PCR test result, the date of the result is recorded along with the return to school date.
    • This whole school record is updated as and when we receive information, and published to staff daily.

In terms of general advice, we recommend that all pupils continue to undertake lateral flow tests regularly eg Wednesday and Sunday. We would also recommend that all members of your household undertake lateral flow tests regularly. If a member of your household has tested positive, and you would feel more comfortable if your child self-isolated whilst you book a PCR test and await the result, this will be supported by the School.  If you require a lateral flow test kit, your son/daughter can collect a kit from Reception. The latest government guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

Please follow government guidelines if you or your child develop symptoms, and inform the School as soon as possible by email to Nurse@ola.org.uk and Attendance@ola.org.uk if either you or your child test positive.