ATTENDANCE DURING THE PANDEMIC
The Health and Safety of our whole community is of vital importance, particularly at this time. It is essential that we all work together to keep our school open and all of our pupils, parents and carers and staff safe and well.
We know that irregular patterns of attendance can have a negative impact on a child's social, emotional and academic development. It is vital that children attend school regularly and on time to ensure that they have every opportunity to engage with learning and with their peers.
Following the full return to school in September, school attendance is mandatory once again and has been from the beginning of the autumn term. This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance apply, including:
- Parents’ duty to ensure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school, and they are of compulsory school age (i.e. from their 5th birthday).
- Schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
- The availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authoriries' codes of conduct
Daily attendance is compulsory from a child's 5th birthday. Children are expected to attend school with a percentage of over 96%.
School attendance will be monitored in the usual way. Parents and Carers must contact school by 10am if their child is not coming in. Failure to do so will mean absence is recorded as unauthorised.
Low attendance will result in contact from Mrs Evans, our Family Liaison Officer and attendance letters will be issued to when attendance falls below 90% regardless of the circumstance.
Where a pupil is unable to attend school because they are complying with clinical and/or public health advice, we ask that parents communicate this promptly and inform the office, providing any copies of communication to support this. Where children are not able to attend school as parents are following clinical and/or public health advice, absence will not be penalised.
LEAVE OF ABSENCE DURING TERM TIME
There has been no change to the procedure for requesting leave of absence. All requests for leave of absence, should be sent in writing to Mrs Howson- forms are available from the office.
Requests for leave of absence should include as much information as possible and evidence where necessary, to ensure an appropriate decision is reached.
Each request will continue to be assessed on a case by case basis considering any exceptional circumstances.
Parents should consider any possible quarantine requirements before any leave is taken and fulfil their responsibility to notify the school honestly about their intention to travel to a place requiring quarantine upon return.
If a holiday was arranged prior to March 2020, and during term holiday, quarantine-related absence will be authorised with a C code. Please include evidence of this with the leave of absence request form.
ABSENCE RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS
The guidance for Covid-related absence is updated by the government periodically. Below you will find some useful documents to support your understanding of what to do if someone in your household is symptomatic or tests positive, and the actions you need to take before your child can attend school. Please remember that if you are concerned you or someone in your family is symptomatic, you should self-isolate immediately and request a test from 111. Please do not attend school until you have taken (and followed) advice.