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Actionforparents Wed 07-Feb-18 17:40:57

Hi all, does anyone know if a Headteacher is off sick when the school has to notify parents? Thanks

TheFallenMadonna Wed 07-Feb-18 17:42:27

Do you need to be notified if you already know?

Lowdoorinthewal1 Wed 07-Feb-18 17:44:32

Not if they are just off with a bug or something. That is what the Deputy Head is for.

Knittedfairies Wed 07-Feb-18 17:48:42

Yes, that's why there is a deputy. Would you expect to be notified if any other member of staff was absent?

Actionforparents Wed 07-Feb-18 18:13:43

We don't know it's all coming through rumour and the school will not advise, it's just a question are they supposed to tell us and what is seen as a significant time as it's been nearly 2 weeks and we haven't had any note from the school about directing any queries to the Deputy as we have not been told officially can't give any detail but the school is in mess and all seems like there is more to it so wanted to see if anyone had any info what the official line would be thanks

TheFallenMadonna Wed 07-Feb-18 18:39:58

Two weeks isn't that long, and she is entitled to privacy.

TinaMena Wed 07-Feb-18 18:44:57

Why would you need to know? As long as someone is dealing with their emails and covering for them, what difference does it make?

TheHodgeoftheHedge Wed 07-Feb-18 18:46:39

Why on earth would they need or want to tell you at this point?

MumGoneMild Wed 07-Feb-18 18:47:19

Why should you get to know?
Your one step off "I pay her wages"

Quickerthanavicar Wed 07-Feb-18 18:47:43

Has the teaching gone down in his/her absence?

GreenTulips Wed 07-Feb-18 18:50:35

Why on earth would you need to be informed?

The only exception would be if you had a pre arranged meeting, and even then a HT X isn't available can we rearrange or meet with Y?

Thistlebelle Wed 07-Feb-18 18:51:20

Presumably there is a deputy head and senior management team? They’ll cover.

Why the Head is off and for how long is not your business.

KayaG Wed 07-Feb-18 18:52:28

As others have said, not your business.

Eolian Wed 07-Feb-18 18:53:09

A member of staff is off sick. It's a perfectly normal occurrence. The deputy is presumably Acting Head in their absence. I don't see why you would need to be informed.

PositivelyPERF Wed 07-Feb-18 18:53:23

I actually think you and the other parents that are demanding information should be ashamed of yourself. It’s none of your business.

PETRONELLAS Wed 07-Feb-18 18:55:13

Of course it’s your business. You want to know if it’s long term/serious. It will affect the school. They might not know themselves yet though. I expect they’ll tell you after three weeks.

FitBitFanClub Wed 07-Feb-18 19:00:52

Well, I'll hazard a guess as to why she might be off sick, if this unnatural interest by parents in her movements is anything to go by.

Actionforparents Wed 07-Feb-18 19:01:41

Don't worry if no one knows the answer it's not about privacy exactly it none of our business why she is off that's not what we were asking! we aren't on here for debate or negative comments we will take it up with the appropriate channel just thought someone may know thanks anyway!

shakeyourcaboose Wed 07-Feb-18 19:04:09

'we'? Your user name and phrasing make you sound like an anti-teacher pressure group!

LadyMonicaBaddingham Wed 07-Feb-18 19:04:36

This is disgusting. Schools have Deputy Head/SMT for precisely this reason. You admit yourself that it's all through rumours, get a hold of yourselves and consider that it may well be making a somewhat challenging time for the other staff even harder. If the parents need to know anything, I'm sure that they will be informed. Otherwise you should all keep your sticky beaks out.

shakeyourcaboose Wed 07-Feb-18 19:08:53

@ladymonica but where's the fun in being rational like that when you can whip up a frenzied furore! Poor bloody school!

parrotonmyshoulder Wed 07-Feb-18 19:11:58

She’s probably got the frigging flu like half the adults in the country.
Poor woman is probably still feeling she has to be checking important emails and making decisions.

Tour Wed 07-Feb-18 19:13:59

Our headteacherwas off for months we heard through the grapevine no special letter. It was fine the deputy stepped up.

Tipsntoes Wed 07-Feb-18 19:16:45

There's no requirement, but personally, if it's more than a week or so I would be sending a letter out exactly to prevent what's going on at your school now OP.

The school isn't wrong not to tell you but, IMO, it would be better management if it did. Nothing personal obviously, but "HT is going to be away for at least...in the meantime X,Y,Z measures have been put in place to ensure school continues to be well managed etc etc. Any queries should be directed to..."

Actionforparents Wed 07-Feb-18 19:25:37

Thanks for your opinions everyone!

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