At Old Clee Primary Academy, excellent attendance and punctuality is our aim for every child. Full attendance maximises learning opportunities and parents/carers have a vital role in promoting good attitudes towards attendance. This starts at the very beginning of the child’s educational journey with us in Nursery and it is vital that good pupil attendance is secured from the very start. .We ask for support from parents/carers to ensure that their children are present at every opportunity, to arrive on time and to avoid allowing children to stay at home unnecessarily, or taking them out of school without authorisation. Evidence shows that children who attend school regularly make better progress both academically and socially.
We monitor student’s attendance closely and will follow up unexplained absence with parents/carers, by telephone and/or by letter. Where a student’s attendance record reaches a concerning level, we will contact parents/carers to discuss ways in which the Academy can support them and their child.
Our Academy attendance target of 97% is the minimum that we strive to expect for all students. Every lesson counts and it is this commitment to learning that will have a positive effect on students and their futures.
Punctuality and Registration
What to do if your child is ill:
Please ring the school on 01472 691887 to report any absence where your child is not well enough to attend school. You can also report your child's absence through our Parentmail or Teachers2Parents systems.
If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), you must NOT send your child to school and should get a test as soon as possible.
The main symptoms are:
· A high temperature- this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.
· A new continuous cough-this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual).
· A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
What do I do if my child has the symptoms above?
1. Do not send your children to school. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result. Only leave home to have a test.
2. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
3. Anyone you live with must stay at home too. Inform the school via telephone.
What if the test is negative?
A negative result means the test did not find coronavirus. You do not need to self-isolate and can return to school if your test is negative, as long as:
· Everyone you live with who has symptoms tests negative
· Everyone in your support bubble who has symptoms tests negative
· You were not told to self-isolate for 14 days by NHS Test and Trace –if you were, see what to do if you've been told you've been in contact with someone who has coronavirus
· You feel well – if you feel unwell, stay at home until you’re feeling better. If you have diarrhoea or you’re being sick, stay at home until 24 hours after they've stopped.
What if the test result is positive?
A positive result means you had coronavirus when the test was done.
If your test is positive, you must self-isolate immediately.
· If you had a test because you had symptoms, keep self-isolating for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started.
·If you had a test but have not had symptoms, self-isolate for 10 days from when you had the test. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must self-isolate for 14 days from when you start self-isolating.
Please inform school as soon as you receive the test results and forward a copy of the results to our email email@example.com.
What to do if your child has an appointment:
We ask that you make routine medical and other appointments out of school time, where possible. If this is not possible, we require notification in advance. Please telephone ahead of the appointment or provide a note in the Home School Contact Book, and email a copy of the appointment through to firstname.lastname@example.org. Failure to provide this information will result in this being unauthorised.
In most cases, your child should attend the Academy before the appointment and return to the Academy afterwards wherever possible.
Automated calls to parents/carers:
We take our safeguarding responsibility seriously and calls are made daily to the contact numbers of parents/carers if a student is absent, where the Academy Office has received no reason for absence. Calls are made on a daily basis, even where your child has been absent due to illness on previous days. We cannot assume that your child is still ill unless you have notified us. We would not wish to put your child at risk by failing to contact you.
NOTE: Please ensure your child realises the importance of attending registration on time and getting their present mark. Parents/carers can also help by ensuring that we hold up to date contact numbers.
Persistent Absence is a serious problem for students. Much of the work children miss when they are off school is never made up, leaving these students at a considerable disadvantage.
A student defined as a ‘Persistent Absentee’ is one who misses 10% or more of school.
Schools are challenged by the Government to address the problem of persistent absenteeism. The government has strengthened schools’ ability to respond by increasing Fixed Penalty Notices (fines) currently at £60 for each parent of each child if paid within 21 days and £120 for each parent of each child if paid between 21 and 28 days. The school will also work closely with the Education Welfare Services and Children’s Services to ensure children attend school and are safe. When children are not at school regularly it quite rightly rings alarms bells for us and we make no apology in pursuing parents in regard to this.
Leave of Absence (including term-time holidays)
In light of the COVID pandemic and with the ever increasing risk of areas being put in further lockdown restrictions we are currently unable to authorise any Leave of Absence requests.
Parents MUST complete a leave of absence request as normal, including as much detail as possible, including destinations, travel arrangements etc and send it to the office.
Parents will be notified of the Academy’s decision either by telephone or in writing. Where a parental request has been refused, and parents continue to take their child out of school, this absence will be recorded as unauthorised on your child's attendance certificate. Taking your child out of school in this instance could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued by the Local Authority under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003. This is a fine of £60 per parent for each child if paid within 21 days, rising to £120 per parent for each child if paid between 21 and 28 days. Failure to pay can result in prosecution in the Magistrates Court.
Celebrating Good Attendance
Good attendance is celebrated in weekly assemblies and classes. Half-termly awards are presented in assemblies. Whole school and class attendance is updated and publicised regularly on classroom doors and displays within the Academy. Parents will be kept updated and be given an overview of their child’s attendance at each Parents’ Evenings and in their child’s End of Year Reports.
Support for Attendance
We monitor students’ attendance and punctuality very closely. We follow up unexplained absence with parents/carers by telephone and/ or by letter. Where a student’s attendance reaches a concerning level, we will contact you by letter or telephone to discuss ways in which we can work together to support you and your child. We may invite you to a meeting in school to discuss your child’s attendance and how the Academy can support you to improve this.
Parents/carers have a legal duty to make sure their child attends school regularly. The Academy can make a referral to the local authority where parents/carers are failing in their legal duty. The local authority has the power to enforce school attendance where this becomes problematic, including the power to prosecute parents/carers who fail to ensure their child’s regular attendance at school. If found guilty parents/ carers could be fined up to £2500 and/ or imprisoned for 3 months.
Penalty notices may also be imposed and are fines of £60 for each parent for each child if paid within 21 days and £120 for each parent and for each child if paid between 12 and 28 days. They are an alternative to prosecution of parents for failing to ensure their child attends school regularly.
When all our strategies fail to engage with parents, the Academy will engage with the Local Authority to seek to impose a Fixed Penalty Notice. However, we would much prefer to work closely with parents to ensure children attend school.
Fixed Penalty Notice
We have been notified by the Local Authority that following the conclusion of the Jon Platt/Isle of Wight case, they are now resuming the issue of Fixed Penalty Notices for unauthorised holidays taken during term time. This will affect all schools in the North East Lincolnshire area.
Therefore all unauthorised holidays of 5 days or more will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice. The fine will be £60 per parent, per child if paid within 21 days, rising to £120 per parent, per pupil if paid between 21 and 28 days. If the Penalty Notice is not paid within 28 days, the Education Welfare Service will continue with prosecution.
Holiday requests will be assessed on an individual basis and careful consideration will be given to all applications but only those that are considered to be ‘exceptional circumstances’ will be authorised.
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