Attendance and Absence
Attendance Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- It is important that we all do our best to ensure that our children’s education is disrupted as little as possible.
It is vital for all children to return to school to minimise, as far as possible, the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, wellbeing and wider development.
This means from that point, the usual rules on school attendance will apply, including:
- parents’ duty to secure that their child attends regularly at school where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age
- schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
- the availability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct
In light of above, pupils and staff should continue to attend school, unless they have the following symptoms:
- The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
- For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms detailed below you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19
- Anyone who lives with a person who has developed any of the symptoms above must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. Stay at home guidance can be found here
Attendance General Advice
Children are legally expected to come to school everyday. The only exceptions to this are in cases of illness or where the Head Teacher has granted special leave of absence.
If your child is not able to come to school due to illness, it is essential you contact the school before 9.30am on the first day of absence.
Children are collected from the playground at 8:45 am every morning for registration. The school day starts at 8.55am. Gates to the school open at 8.35am giving your child time to be ready for their learning at the start of the day. Teachers record lateness in the registers and persistent lateness maybe referred to the Educational Welfare Officer.
Leave of Absence
The school holiday dates are published in advance and we therefore do not see any reason for parents and carers to need to take their children out of school during term time. Therefore, in the interests of your child's education, the Head Teacher will not normally be prepared to grant leave of absence for family holidays or holidays with friends or youth organisations in school time. There is strong DfE evidence showing that children who are absent from school for any length of time do not make good progress or achieve their full potential. If a family feels leave in term time is unavoidable then written details must be provided. This should be done at least two weeks in advance, so that appropriate consideration can be given and a response made.
Please note that failure to comply with this procedure may result in an unauthorised absence being recorded and the Educational Welfare Officer being informed.