Absence reporting from September 2020
We understand that there is nationwide confusion as to when a child should be absent from school, I hope I can clarify this below and also highlight the measures we have in place and what we need from you as parents and carers.
If your child has a ‘cold’ but is generally feeling ok, they should be in school. As a rule of thumb if you would have sent them in prior to March 2020, send them in. It is cold season, children are mixing with others for the first time in as much as 6 months so it is normal for sniffles.
If your child is exhibiting any of the COVID symptoms – new persistent cough, temperature or loss of taste and smell – DO NOT send them in.
If your child is off due to COVID symptoms or they are self-isolating as per government guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/ you need to specifically state this.
As a school we have a statutory duty to provide remote learning to children who are isolating. If you are entitled to free school meals we also need to ensure we make arrangements for the delivery or provision of food.
Please DO NOT message the class teacher on Class Dojo. All absences must be reported to the school office – by email firstname.lastname@example.org, Direct message on dojo to the office or through calling the absence line.
Be specific as to why your child is absent – ‘unwell’ means staff need to chase to ascertain the reason which means there is often a delay in fulfilling our statutory duties.
We have to report daily absences to the DfE so they can accurately measure the impact of COVID in schools.
If your child is self-isolating, generic work will be posted on dojo for the first 48 hours after which the class teacher will provide relevant material to your child. We will contact you, if you are free school meals and where possible arrange to drop a grab bag to your doorstep (process to follow) or arrange alternative provision.
Many thanks for your support during this time.
Good attendance is vital to ensure your child is happy in school and makes good progress. We award 100% attendance certificates at the end of every term and the end of the school year.
If a child is too ill to come to school or may pass infection to others they should not attend. If this is the case please inform the office before 9.00am on the first day of absence and provide a note explaining the reason for absence when your child returns to school.
Our Attendance Policy provides further details on term time absence. If a parent needs to request term time absence they must inform the Headteacher in writing using the Term Time Absence form. Leave of absence will not be authorised unless there are exceptional circumstances prevailing.
In accordance with the law, the school has the option to refer families to the local authority for taking unauthorised leave, this can result in a fixed penalty notice of £60. This can rise to £120 if not paid within prescribed timescales and, further delay still, may result in criminal prosecution at the Magistrates Court and a fine of up to £1000 plus costs.
Further information can be found in the code of conduct below.