Attendance and Admissions
Please make sure that your children attend regularly and punctually.
Late arrival affects not only your own child but the remainder of the class as well, so please make every effort to ensure your child arrives on time. All late arrivals must call at the school office to register and explain their lateness. Repeated lateness will lead to a visit from the Educational Welfare Officer. If your child is absent from school, you should adopt the following procedure:
Telephone or e-mail the school on the first day of absence.
Keep the school informed of progress if the absence is longer than three days;
Send a letter to school giving brief details on his/her return if the illness is an extended one.
If a child has to leave the school during school time to attend the dentist, doctor, etc, please give your child’s teacher prior notice of this in writing and arrange for the child to be collected from school by a responsible adult, who is named on your S11 form. This arrangement also applies to the lunch period if your child stays to school dinners or takes packed lunches.
Recent legislation has clarified the interpretation of the term “unauthorised absence”, and includes:
Any absence for which no explanation is received
Any explained absence which does not meet the criteria e.g. children taken shopping, parent overslept etc.
Lateness – after register closes.
The Governors would like to point out that the Government’s term for unauthorised absence is truancy, and that unauthorised absences are recorded as such. Furthermore, in cases of continued lateness or unauthorised absence the school in conjunction with the Education Welfare Service may issue a penalty notice, with a fine of £60.00 per parent per child rising to £120 per parent per child if not paid within 28 days.
Below families can find links to current information regarding Covid-19.
Close contact information
If you think your child is a close contact but has not have not been contacted directly by NHS Test and Trace then they should take a PCR test via Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or by calling 119. When ordering a PCR test it is important to check the box (online) or tell 119 ‘I’ve been told to get a test by my health protection team’ and not ‘I’ve been told to get a test by my school or nursery’. Further guidance can be found at Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
What to do if your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or tests positive for COVID-19
Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should get a PCR test and remain at home at least until the result is known and they are fever free (without medication) for at least 24 hours.
· If negative, the child can end self-isolation and return to school once well;
· If positive, the child should isolate until at least 7 days after their symptoms appeared.
If the child has a positive test result, but does not have symptoms, they should stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days from the date the positive test was taken. This isolation period will be extended if they go on to develop symptoms by counting 7 full days from the day following their symptom onset.
Instructions for people who live in the same household as someone with COVID-19 (tested positive or symptomatic awaiting a test result)
From 16 August, you will not be required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and any of the following apply:
· you are fully vaccinated
· you are below the age of 18 years 6 months
· you have taken part in or are currently part of an approved COVID-19 vaccine trial
· you are not able to get vaccinated for medical reasons
Fully vaccinated means that you have been vaccinated with an MHRA approved COVID-19 vaccine in the UK, and at least 14 days have passed since you received the recommended doses of that vaccine.
NHS Test and Trace will contact you to check whether you are legally required to self-isolate. If you are not legally required to self-isolate, you will be provided with advice on testing, advised to take extra caution, and given guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Even if you do not have symptoms, you may be advised to have a PCR test as soon as possible or undertake daily Later Flow Device home testing. If you, or any other household members, attend early years or educational settings, we recommend you undertake daily LFD testing whilst you wait for the PCR result. This is recommended for staff, secondary students and primary students at their guardian’s discretion.
Any member of the household who is aged 18 years and 6 months or over and has only received one dose of COVID-19 vaccine or has not received any dose of the COVID-19 vaccination will still be required to self-isolate as a household contact of a someone with COVID-19 symptoms awaiting testing and someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Please read the stay at home guidance which provides information on this.
Instructions for household contacts who are not required to self-isolate from 16 August
Even if you are vaccinated, you can still be infected with COVID-19 and pass it on to others. If you are identified as a contact of someone with COVID-19 but you are not required to self-isolate, you can help protect others by following the guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread. As well as getting a PCR test, you may also consider:
limiting close contact with other people outside your household, especially in enclosed spaces (when not in school)
wearing a face covering for those aged 11 and over in crowded places such as school/college/public transport
limiting contact with anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable
taking part in regular LFD testing if aged 11 years old and older
How to stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus (COVID-19):
get vaccinated – everyone aged 12 and over can book COVID-19 vaccination appointments now
wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
meet people outside and avoid crowded areas
open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
wear a face covering if aged 11 and over when it's hard to stay away from other people – particularly indoors or in crowded places
participate in twice weekly LFD testing following national guidelines (recommended for 11 years and over). We encourage you to log your results here: https://www.gov.uk/log-test-site-covid19-results