Many schools have a no tolerance policy when it comes to their students taking time off. However, some situations do warrant time off from school – like an illness. During an illness – whether it is chronic or acute – it is not sensible to send your child to school. But if you intend to keep your child home from school, it is imperative to inform the school on an immediate basis.
A letter to a teacher to inform her of your child’s absence is actually more like a leave application – or an informational document that states why your child is not able to make it to school. The letter needs to be clear and to the point. If it is the school’s policy that a doctor’s note must be attached with the letter, do not give the school a chance to remind you – send it in with the letter.
Typically, your letter should detail why your child has missed school, details of illness and an approximate date when he / she will be able to rejoin. If there are any projects or important classwork that your child is missing, you can mention that you would like to follow up on it.
A sample letter to teacher from a parent to inform about a child’s sickness is given below:
May 13, 2015
Ms. Wendy Hutt
Teacher – Grade 9
Pinestreet High School
37 N Kyle Way
Jacksonville, FL 28374
Dear Ms. Hutt:
I am writing to inform you that my daughter Mellissa Burns has been extremely unwell due to a delayed bout of Chicken Pox that she has contracted. The quarantine time period that the doctor has provided is 12 days which ends on Monday, 25 May 2015.
At this point in time, I am not sure if she will be able to report back to school as soon as the quarantine ends. However, I will keep you in the loop regarding her condition and the time when she will be able to rejoin her class. Mellissa has been extremely worried about her classwork and insists that she wants to do her assignments while at home. If possible, I would appreciate it if you would hand over any work that you consider important at this time of the year.
I will call the school office on Monday to see if I can arrange a meeting with you to discuss / acquire Mellissa’s assignments. Thank you very much for your understanding in this matter.
carey @ email . com
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