- How to write your letter
One of the most important things you must be sure to do when writing to your child's school is ensure that you have addressed it to the correct person; your child should know who that it, but if they do not, you can discover this piece of information by telephoning their receptionist. Should you get this wrong, it may take a while for the issue to be known by your child's teachers, which may lead to them hassling you during this sensitive time.
There are many different layouts that a formal letter may have, of which there are models of all on the internet. Have a look through a few of them and choose the one that you like best and stick to it, as this will ensure that you do not leave important details out. All of the layouts should include relevant information such as your address, the school's address, and the date that you sent the letter.
- Recommendations on the tone of your letter
Make sure that your letter is formal and to the point; do not be over friendly, as they may believe this is strange due to the circumstances, and ensure that you include the relevant information, such as how long your child will not be attending for, and when they are likely to be back.
You may wish to also request that the work that they will miss be kept to one side, or even sent home, as this will allow your child to catch up with what they have missed in class at some point, therefore meaning that they will not fall behind and have issues in understanding the topics later on in the year.
Do not forget to sign your letter at the end, as this will help the school in ensuring that it is you that they have received it from; although this may seem awful, it has been known for some students to feign an incident like this in order to have some time away from education.