A week or so ago there was a knock on DS &DDiL's house and when DDil answered there were 2 people on the door step who announced that they were from the school and were investigating why DGS was away from school so much - and could they see him.
DDiL was aghast. DGS was off sick. (I have just started a thread on the condition he has). His parents had been fulfilling every requirement of the school Sickness Policy. they rang in every day. They have in fact been in contact with the school over a long period about various health and other problems DGS has had. They could not think of any reason why they should be being chased up by what essentially are Attendance Officers.
These officials told them that they needed to send in a medical certificate signed by the GP whenever DGS was off for a week or more - which is in fact quite rare - But the school sickness policy didn't mention this requirement.
DDiL was really very upset. His older sister has just left the school for Sixth Form College, never having missed a day's schooling in 5 years, and DGS has a good attendance record, despite his recent absences. He is also an academic high flier, so he is not falling behind in his schoolwork in any way. She could not understand why they were being singled out for this treatment.
DDiL went online and her treatment seems par for the course. Also GPs are saying that they cannot cope with all the sicknotes this policy would require. DDiL had sent the school the paeditricians letter outlining DGS's problem and how it affected him, but they are still insisting on a weekly certificate from the GP. The paediatrician also wrote a really nice letter direct to DGS, and the school demanded to see that as well, but DDiL refused, saying it was a personal and private letter, not a medical document.
It strikes me as a completely counter productive way of getting children back to school anyway. Turning up on the doorstep like police officers and demanding to see the child, is enough to put any parents back up.
Personally I would start with a friendly phone call and try to make an appointment to see parent and child. I appreciate that somewhere down the line the authoritarian approach may be necessary, but that should not be the start point
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