School Absences

Absence Notes

Absence notes from a Parent/Guardian must be given to your child's teacher for all your child's absences from school. This note must be  handed in on the day your child returns to school after their absence. Absence notes must contain the following information:

  • Child's name
  • Date of absence
  • Reason for absence
  • Signed by Parent/Guardian


John Kelly was absent on 3rd October 2007 due to illness.

R. Kelly

Please Note: Parents/Guardians are urged not to take their children on holidays during the school year. Children miss an enormous amount of learning and teaching when they miss any time from school. Class work missed due to holidays will not be assigned by your child's teacher.

The National Education Welfare Board  

Schools are obliged by law to report on school attendance since the inception of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000. If your child misses 20 or more days during the school year the school is obliged to inform the National Education Welfare Board. This obligation exists to protect children's educational welfare. Poor school attendance needs to be responded to early; otherwise, as research has shown, it can lead to poorer exam results.

A parents leaflet - 'Don't let your Child miss out' can be downloaded from the National Education Welfare Board website, to access this website click on the link below. This is available in 18 different languages These languages are: English, Irish, Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Estonian, French, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portugese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Yoruba.

National Education Welfare Board