Leave is automatically given to learners going to a doctor or dentist, but they are required to sign the exit book when they leave school and when they return. The doctor or dentist's appointment card is all the academic counsellor needs to see but parents may write a letter if they wish. Special rules from the Ministry of Education and school policy apply to absence (other than for sickness), especially in Year 11,12 and 13.
In cases of expected prolonged sickness, it would be appreciated if parents rang the school office giving advice of an absence on the first day of illness and follow it with a note on the learner's return.
We would ask parents in cases of short term absence to report this by telephone on the absences line 09 424 9177 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If a learner is required to bring prescription medication to school it should be lodged with the school nurse and will be made available as prescribed. Legislation requires that the medication is presented in its original packaging with the pharmacy label in place and preferably written in English to show the learner's name, the name of the medication, the dose, expiry date and reason for its use.
A sick or injured learner must report to the Health Centre. Only when a parent has been contacted and someone can collect and care for the learner will they be released from the college. Please ensure that parent/caregiver contact details are kept up to date.