If your child is absent from school or unable to attend on time for any reason, please email attendance@sns.hackney.sch.uk or call our reception 020 7241 9600.

We heavily discourage students being taken out of school during term time, however, if you have an unavoidable situation that means it's necessary, please email attendance@sns.hackney.sch.uk with the reason for your child’s leave during term time at least 5 days beforehand, attaching any evidence or relevant documents you feel necessary.

We will aim to respond within 3 days.


If your child falls unwell outside of school:

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A high temperature – this means your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back and/or has a temperature of 38 degrees or above.
  • A new continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If your child usually has a cough, it may be worse than usual
  • A loss or change in sense of smell or taste – this means your child cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

Most people with Coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms. If your child/children have at least one of these symptoms, they must not come into school and will need to get tested as soon as possible.

You can book for a Coronavirus test here

Everybody in the household will also need to self-isolate until test results are confirmed, including siblings who attend the school.

You must inform the school immediately of the test result, regardless of it being positive or negative.

If your child tests negative, no longer have symptoms of Coronavirus and are feeling better, they can stop self-isolating and return to school. If you have other children at SNS, they can also return to school.

If your child tests negative, but is still unwell, please inform the school, giving a daily update each day they are absent due to being unwell as per normal attendance procedures.

If your child tests positive, they should continue to self-isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of their symptoms, along with everyone in the household, including siblings that may attend SNS. They should only return to school if they do not have symptoms other than a cough or loss of sense of smell or taste. This is because a cough or anosmia can last for several weeks once the infection has gone.

If someone in your household has symptoms, your child/children must not come into school and self-isolate until the member of the household is tested.

If the member of the household tests negative, your child/children can return to school.

If the household member tests positive, your child should continue to self-isolating for the full 14 days from when the member of their household first had symptoms. If your child/children are well and do not have any symptoms, they can return to school after the 14 days. If within the 14 days, anyone in the household develops symptoms of Coronavirus, they will need to be tested with the household remaining in self-isolation until the test results are confirmed.

If your child is unwell for any other reason apart from Covid-19 symptoms, please email attendance@sns.hackney.sch.uk or call 0207 241 9686 on the day of absence before 8:30am to inform the school as to why.

If your child is off for more than one day and not signed off by a GP, the school will need to be informed each day of absence.

If your child falls unwell in school:

In their lesson:

  • Your child will need to inform their teacher that they are not feeling well. The teacher will alert a member of Senior Leadership who will attend and escort the unwell student to the medical room.
  • Under no circumstances allow the student to make their own way to reception alone or accompanied by another student.

In the corridor or playground:

  • Your child will need to alert the nearest adult who will accompany the student to Reception. A member of the Reception Team, or the School Nurse, will call parent/carer and inform, requesting to collect your child as soon as possible. All students who are unwell, for any reason, need to be collected by a parent/carer. Under no circumstances allow the student to make their own way to reception alone or accompanied by another student.