One MUM feels like she’s being ‘punished’ because her 14-year-old son fell ill after she was penalized for his absence from school.
Justine Hampshire has been fined £60 by the council after her son, Jack Hardy, was marked as unexcused absenteeism at Audenshaw School, in Tameside, Greater Manchester.
The teenager was diagnosed with migraines last August but the following month he started having problems with his stomach – a
The matter doctors are still investigating.
She said she always called whenever Jack was unwell and she
provided the school with medical evidence.
Describing her son’s migraine, Justine said: “It’s not just a normal headache – it just can’t function. He’s very sick and he’s also vomiting. He has to sleep.”
“In September, he started having problems with his stomach.
has severe stomach pain and is sick.
“This is still going on. The doctor informed us that he has
to go for further check because he has some problem with him. ”
Justine said she was punished for Jack’s absences between
September and December last year.
She paid £60 because she was worried it would double and would go to court.
The worried mother said, “I already have to pay it, I can’t let it double, I’m a single parent.”
Now she worries that she will continue to be fined whenever Jack is on sick leave.
“I had to force him to go to school when he wasn’t feeling well. I
I fear I will be fined,” she said.
“It’s not like I took him out of school for a vacation
“I loathe the fact that I was punished because my son was sick. I thought
it’s absolutely disgusting.
“I know £60 isn’t a lot but that’s the rule of it. We shouldn’t
being punished because our children are sick, it’s not fair.
“I don’t think I should be punished and punished because he’s sick. That’s
really unfair. “
‘Absolutely NOT MINED’
Justine said she has been told the board does not accept medical
the evidence she provided.
Justine said that she was told that her evidence did not meet
the council’s ‘criteria’ – but she said she didn’t have to ring the bell
the GP every time Jack gets another migraine when he already has
A spokesman for Tameside Council said: “While we are unable to discuss
In individual cases, we can confirm that we have a code of conduct to issue
fine notice warning and penalty notice.
“These are only issued by the board upon application from the school
after 10 unauthorized absences.
“Parents will receive a penalty warning before
penalty notice if absent for reasons other than holidays
“Only after a period of absence will there be an announcement of the punishment
will be released.
“For children undergoing ongoing medical treatment, medical evidence
must be provided to ensure subsequent periods of absence are allowed.
“Parents are provided with council contact if they
have more information they would like to send if they believe
The penalty notice was erroneously issued. ”
The Sun has contacted Audenshaw School for comment.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17666712/fined-son-missed-school-severe-migraines/ I got £60 REFUND after my son missed school with severe migraine even though I had proof