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Letter to School Explaining Child's Absence Through Illness

By: Louise Tobias BA (hons) - Updated: 15 Jul 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Letter To School Explaining Child's Absence Through Illness

When a child is ill or sick and therefore has an absence from school, it is imperative that parents contact the school as soon as possible- usually by telephone - to inform the school that their child will not be attending that day. This is important so that schools are able to deal with acts of truancy, and also helps them to ensure that your son or daughter is safe. However, once the child is feeling well enough to return to school, or the reason behind his or her temporary absence has abated, then it is important that parents write a letter explaining the absence. This helps teachers to ensure that registers are kept fully up to date and each child is accounted for.

Non-Illness Related Absence

If you as a parent or care giver have a reason other than illness that you feel a child should be absent from school, it is a good idea if you ask the school permission in advance. If you want your child to miss school for a religious festival, or family occasion, and the absence involves only a day or two off school, permission will usually be granted unless there is an important reason on the school's part that should not occur. Nonetheless, to ensure permission is granted, parents should write to the school in a polite way, phrasing the question as a request. Note that requests for a child to be absent from school for some reasons, such as to facilitate a cheaper family holiday during term-time, do not have to be granted by the school and are up to the discretion of the head teacher.

This letter format laid out below is a sample piece of correspondence from parents to a school to explain a child's absence from school for the period of three days due to illness. It can be used as an example of the phrasing you might want to use if your own child is ill and requires a similar letter to be sent to their school.

The School House
School Lane
Schoolville
England

Parental Address
Family Home
Anytown
England

Date

Dear Mrs Teacher,

From Monday until Wednesday this week (25-27 April), Frank was very ill at home in bed. He was suffering from flu - I think it might have been going around his class as some of his friends also suffered - and hence was not able to attend school on these days.

Frank is very conscientious and feels concerned that he has missed two important days of school, as GCSEs draw close. I would appreciate it if you are able to let him know what he has missed and give him some work to enable him to catch up with missed assignments at home, to prevent him from falling behind.

If you have any concerns, you can contact me, Mother, on 0131 2343 9049 or 0723422342, or email me at mother@parents.com.

With thanks for your time and best wishes

[signature]

Mr and Mrs Smith, mother and father of Frank Smith (form 3b)

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Deepak - 15-Jul-17 @ 5:22 PM
Ana - Your Question:
Hello , I will like to write a letter to my daughter school and inform them that she will miss the last week from school before summer holiday because she going back home with my mum ! Can you help me please to write this letter! Thank you!

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EducationLetters - 23-Jun-17 @ 11:25 AM
Hello , i will like to write a letter to my daughter school and inform them that she will miss the last week from school before summer holiday because she going back home with my mum ! Can you help me please to write this letter! Thank you!
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fiona - 14-Mar-17 @ 10:36 AM
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forever.joan - 13-Jul-16 @ 9:39 AM
I was been absent in school yesterday due to family vacationhow can I write a formal letter explaining my absence? Plss help a lil quick. Thank you!
Eve - 10-Jul-16 @ 2:42 PM
Rasha - Your Question:
I want to sent a letter to my daughter school that she will not showup until the midle of december 2016 beacuse we will travill to delever my second child

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EducationLetters - 9-Jun-16 @ 10:12 AM
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Rasha - 8-Jun-16 @ 10:15 AM
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Grace - 14-Feb-16 @ 8:33 AM
Kindly, in Vacation my young sister had pregnant she suppose to go back to school unfortunately the her pregnant was a problem my question is how can I write this problem to her teacher please help me
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ibbu - 16-Dec-15 @ 8:12 AM
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ibbu - 16-Dec-15 @ 7:47 AM
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Priya - 31-Aug-15 @ 9:46 AM
I want to write letter to teacher because one month my daughter cant wear shoes her left leg was sprained so..plz i need it urgent..
Priya - 31-Aug-15 @ 9:44 AM
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I want to write letter to teacher because two months my child cant wear shoes her left leg was sprained so..plz i need it urgent..thankq in advance...
pavi - 12-Jul-15 @ 3:13 AM
I was absent from school on monday and tuesday because i had a really bad stomachache. I need help writing a formal letter to the teacher explaining my absence and i need it quick. Thankyou for your help!
leiba - 2-Jul-14 @ 5:44 PM
I'm not sure the note needs to be as long or as formal as that. A simple handwritten note explaining the absence and the reason is ample (handwritten makes sure it's from the parent). Enclose a mobile number if you wish, but it's usually not really necessary. You should have phone the school on the first day of absence to let them know your child wouldn't be in, and again once you know how long he or she will be off.
Alison - 25-Jun-12 @ 10:04 AM
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