Please notify the office as soon as possible if your child is absent from school. Please telephone 01223 843107 to leave your message,  stating your child's name and the reason for absence. Alternatively, please email your message to office@shelford.cambs.sch.uk  A written explanation to the Headteacher is required when your child returns to school; a pro-forma is available in the office for your convenience. Absences cannot be authorised without a written explanation.
In the interests of safeguarding, the school secretary will contact parents if a message has not been received. 
The school is obliged to record the number of authorised and unauthorised absences each year. Absences are authorised according to criteria following a written explanation. Holidays are not authorised during term time.
Medical and dental appointments should be booked, where possible outside the school day. However, if this is not possible, please inform the office as soon as possible stating  if a school meal is required, and if so, which choice. On arrival, parents/carers should come to the office to sign in their child.
If your child has an appointment which means having to leave school during the school day please inform the class teacher and school office as soon as possible. Parents/carers should come to the office to sign out your child.
Normally it will be assumed that a child who is fit enough to come to school is fit enough to play outside during break and at lunchtime. In exceptional cases, e.g. asthma or physical injury, arrangements will be made for a child to be supervised inside during playtime. Please apply to the Headteacher for permission in these circumstances.