Under the Education Welfare Act 2000 every child between 6 and 16 is obliged by law to attend school every day on which the school is in operation unless there is a reasonable excuse for not attending.
The school authorities are obliged to notify the National Educational Welfare Board if your child has been absent for 20 days in any school year. The NEWB may then pursue this matter further, which may include a visit from an Educational Welfare Officer.
In the event of a child being absent through illness or for any other reason, the parents should complete a School Absence Record note on the Child’s return to school. If it is anticipated that the absence will be of a lengthy duration, the class teacher should be informed by note as soon as possible.
When it is necessary for a child to leave school early, a note must be sent to the class teacher. Parents/Guardians are asked to call personally to the classroom to collect the child. Any person collecting a child on behalf of the parent/Guardian should present written authorisation with a telephone contact number.