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Attendance Expectations from September 2020

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September 2020

Dear Parent / Carer,

Attendance Expectations from September 2020

We are delighted to be re-opening our Academy to all students following the closure in the last academic year in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. We recognise that for many students keeping up with their learning at home has been challenging and social contact has been reduced. We also understand that students and parents may have a number of anxieties about the re-opening of schools from September. We are committed to working closely with parents and carers to facilitate a positive return for students and we will forward additional information to you regarding individual and year specific plans to ensure all students are caught-up with their learning and to ensure the needs of any students that require additional support are met.

The government have recently updated their guidance, so we are now able to inform parents of our expectations for attendance from September. Attendance is mandatory and usual expectations and guidelines for attendance will resume:

  • parents’ duty to ensure that their child of compulsory school age attends regularly at the school where the child is a registered pupil
  • the school’s responsibility to record attendance and follow up absence
  • the ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices, in line with the local authority’s code of conduct.

We expect students to aim for 97% attendance (or no more than five days of absence in the academic year). Regular attendance means students have a much better chance of making good academic progress. There may however be statutory reasons or exceptional circumstances where students are not able to attend and we have outlined these below to help:

What should you do if…

Action

When to return to school

Your child has Coronavirus symptoms.*

-Child should not come to school

-Self-isolate

-Parent please contact school (daily)

-Arrange a test for the child and inform school of the result

The Coronavirus test result comes back negative.

Your child tests positive for Coronavirus.

-Do not come to school

-Self-isolate (for at least 10 days from onset of symptoms* as per government guidelines)

-Contact school (daily)

 

Child feels better (after 10 days). Guidelines state children can return to school even if they still have a cough or loss of sense of taste/smell as these symptoms can last for several weeks even after the infection is gone.

Person in the same home has Coronavirus symptoms.*

-Child should not come to school

-Self-isolate

-Parent please contact school (daily)

-Member of the household should get a test and inform school of the result

The household member’s test result for Coronavirus is negative.

Person in the same home tests positive for Coronavirus

-Child should not come to school

-Parent please contact school (daily)

-Self-isolate (for 14 days)

After 14 days of self-isolation.

NHS Test and Trace have identified my child as a close contact of someone who has symptoms or confirmed Coronavirus

-Child should not come to school

-Parent please contact school (daily)

-Self-isolate (for 14 days)

After 14 days of self-isolation.

Child required to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine following overseas travel

-Avoid taking holidays in term time

-Refer to FCO guidance if booking travel

-Inform school in advance of any intent to travel

 

If returning from a country where quarantine is needed:

-Child should not come to school

-Parent please contact school (daily)

-Self-isolate (for 14 days)

After 14 days of quarantine

Child is extremely clinically vulnerable (in a future local lockdown scenario only). Received government letter informing them they are required to shield

Child should not come to school

-Parent please contact school (daily).

-Share government letter with school

-Shield until you are informed that shielding is paused again and restrictions are removed.

School contact you to inform you that restrictions have been removed and child can return to school.

*Symptoms refer to those defined by Public Health England guidance as follows:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • 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've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

 

You will need to self-isolate if you visited or made a transit stop in a country or territory that is not on the travel corridor list in the 14 days before you arrive in England. Please click here to view the countries on the list.

To ensure schools are recording absence relating to coronavirus consistently, the government have made some changes to the regulations for marking registers. For this reason, if a student is not able to attend through circumstances related to Coronavirus this may not be reflected in their attendance figures in the usual way. However, we are committed to promoting positive wellbeing and academic success, so where a student is not attending the academy regularly (for any reason) meaning they are missing vital learning, we will work closely with parents and carers to support students as best as we can. Our attendance support process starts with a telephone call. We may also send letters and emails and invite you to meet with us. Of utmost importance to us is that regular communication with parents is maintained so we can continue to support our students’ learning and emotional needs if they are not able to attend.

What we ask of parents/carers:

  • To ensure their child attends the Academy on time and every day, dressed in full uniform and equipped to learn.
  • To inform the Academy of any reason that will prevent their children from attending.
  • To follow the guidelines for Coronavirus related absence outlined in the table above.
  • To ensure that they contact the Academy by 8.30am on each day their child is unable to attend and understand that medical evidence may be requested if a student’s attendance means they are missing a significant amount of learning.
  • Where possible, arrange appointments outside of the Academy day and if this is not possible, schedule them in the middle of the school day (for attendance reasons) and inform the Academy of any forthcoming appointments.
  • Provide at least two up to date contact telephone numbers to ensure the Academy can contact you (parent/carer/family member).
  • To avoid arranging holidays during term time. Holidays will not be authorised and only leave of absence in exceptional circumstances can be authorised at the discretion of the Principal. Parents should make any leave of absence requests in advance.

Thank you for working in partnership with us to help your child fulfil their potential. If your child is anxious about returning to school or you have any concerns that you would like to discuss with us please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Head of Year. We look forward to seeing them at the beginning of term.

Yours sincerely,

Sophia Simpson

Assistant Vice Principal

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