By Sandra Hill, USAG Humphreys Public Affairs VolunteerJanuary 22, 2020
CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea -- Spending a few days at home from school sounds like a great idea for most students, unless they are sick. Especially during the winter months, illnesses do occur and may cause a student to miss a day or two of class.
Unfortunately, being sick does not follow any particular schedule and a student may miss more than three days of school. As a parent, you may take your child to a physician, or have them stay home to recuperate.
Either way, be sure to send your student back to school with a note, in order to be excused for the absence. Otherwise, the absence remains unexcused, and students will not be granted make-up privileges for missed classes. A telephone call does not substitute for a written note and a physician's note is not required for an absence to be excused.
According to the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) "be here" attendance guidelines for illness and medical/dental appointments, are considered excused absences. However, the policy also states that a note is required from the student's sponsor following any absence, with the exception of school-sponsored activities.
The note needs to include; the student's name, date of absence, sponsor's name, and telephone number (home or office), reason for the absence and the sponsor's signature.
The school's website also indicates, each school has a nurse that serves as a liaison between the school and community. School nurses will provide health care to students/staff and implementing interventions that addresses both actual and potential health and safety conditions.
The health and well-being of students is a top priority for all campuses at Camp Humphreys. Should your children become ill, DoDEA School Health Services recommends, keeping them at home is best for their benefit, as well as other students in school, who may be exposed to a contagious illness. If in doubt, contact the school nurse at your child's campus for more information.
For more information, please visit DoDEA School Health Services at https://www.dodea.edu/HumphreysCentralES/healthServices.cfm and DoDEA Attendance Policy at https://www.dodea.edu/StudentServices/Attendance/index.cfm