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St. Patrick's Primary School, Pennyburn, Derry City

Attendance Matters: Reporting an Absence

18th Oct 2021

Attendance Matters: Reporting an Absence

Dear Parents

It is important that children attend school on a regular basis and that they maintain a good pattern of attendance throughout their school career. It is also important that if your child is sick, he/she must stay at home. The Education Authority and Department of Education oversee our attendance records and it is a statutory requirement that we account for all absences. Therefore, if your child is absent, we would ask that you let us know the reason for his/her absence. You may do this in many ways.

  • You can report your child’s absence on our school website under Report Absence.
  • You can send a note to school with your child.
  • You can phone the school office and report the absence to Eileen/ Gillian.  


If we do not receive a reason for absence, your child’s teacher will send a note home asking for this. If we still do not receive a reason, we will contact you by phone.

I have attached School Attendance Matters: A Parent’s Guide from the Department of Education for your information.


Many thanks in anticipation of your support.

Mrs Marie McSheffrey

Vice Principal