Brief Absences Policy


The term ‘Brief Absences’ describes short-term occasional absences sanctioned for staff (course days) and unforeseen short absences (e.g. illness or on compassionate grounds).

The school policy on Brief Absences was devised by staff and Board of Management.


The policy was drafted to;

  • Comply with the Parental Leave Act 1998
  • Comply with DES Circular 18/00

Link to School Ethos:

This policy aims to ensure a well-ordered, caring, secure environment with no disruption to the quality of the child’s learning. This is a core element of the mission statement of the school.


The aims of this policy statement are as follows;

  • To provide a learning environment free of major disruption
  • To maintain the overall operation of the school in the event of absences

Roles and Responsibilities:

All staff, under the direction of the Principal have a role to play in ensuring the effective implementation of this policy.

Internal School Procedures:

It is the policy of the school to minimise the impact of brief teacher absences on pupils’ learning.

Applications for leave due to a family emergency (Force Majure), sudden illness, course days, graduations, in service, are made to the Principal. The Principal will have discretion in approving the absence request subject to the subsequent consent of the Chairperson of the Board of Management.

Absences of a greater duration such as maternity leave, jury service, study leave etc. must have the prior approval of the Chairperson of the Board of Management. Substitute cover is available as per Circulars 21/80 and 18/00. Substitute cover is available for uncertified sick leave and in-service days.

Teachers who are unable to present themselves at work due to illness must inform the Principal as soon as is feasible or ensure contact is made on their behalf. Each teacher will have at least 3 worksheets in their classrooms at all times for distribution to their pupils in the event of a sudden absence and where a sub is not available. Each teacher will also ensure that the children in their care are aware of the particular classroom they are assigned to in the event of being unable to attend work and no sub being available. Supervision duties of an absent teacher are covered by a colleague in a reciprocal arrangement.

Success Criteria:

  • Uninterrupted school routines
  • Maintenance of high standards
  • Positive feedback from staff & parents

Implementation and Review:

This policy has been revised on the 21st of November 2013.The policy has been ratified and communicated to parents.