IMPORTANT ATTENDANCE UPDATE ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022

 Dear parent/carer,

I would like to update you with our latest attendance procedures and some important dates for the academic year ahead.

Absence due to Covid

If your child is self-isolating due Covid symptoms you must inform school immediately.  We do expect you to either order a home test or to book an appointment at your local Test Centre ASAP. If your child’s test is negative they will be able to return to school as soon as they are feeling well.  However, if your child test is positive they will need to self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. If positive you must provide school with evidence of the positive result.  Failure to do this will result in your child being marked unauthorised for the duration of their absence, which could result in a referral to The Local Authority Attendance Team. Your child does not need to self-isolate should a member of their family test positive.

Medical / Dental Appointments

There has been an increase in children being collected for medical/dental appointments during school hours, particularly on a Friday. You must provide school with a copy of your child’s medical/dental appointment letter. If your child’s appointment is an emergency and you do not have an appointment letter/card, please provide a copy of your child’s treatment plan. If the appointment is for yourself (parent/carer) please try and make alternative arrangements for your child to be collected from school. Unfortunately if no appointment letter or treatment plan is provided we will not be able to authorise any missed sessions.

Late arrivals

Thank you for bearing with us with the adjustments Mrs Martin has had to implement to the usual morning timings during these difficult times.  We hope you will agree that our staggered intake on a morning has worked really well and we have received a lot of positive feedback that you are finding the staggered drop off times of benefit.  We do expect your child to be in school during the staggered period of time 8.45am to 8.55am.  Gates close promptly at 8.55am.  We would like to avoid entering school late at our main reception as this really does have an impact on not only your child’s learning but the learning of others in their class also and the disruption this causes. Please ensure your child arrives to school on time!

Holidays during term time

We do not authorise holidays in term time.  The law does not grant parents an automatic right to take their child out of school during term time. We strongly advise that it is in your child’s best interest not to miss part of their valuable education.  Holiday requests will only be considered for exceptional circumstances only at the discretion of Mrs Martin Head Teacher.

Attendance Initiatives are back!

For all of our new starters (Reception to Year 6), you will not be aware of our amazing Attendance Initiatives in school as we have not been able to implement these during the last 2 years due to the pandemic.  However, these initiatives are back this year and here is a list of our important attendance dates:

Monday 8th November 2021 to Friday 12th November 2021 – ATTEND TO ACHIEVE WEEK! If your child attends school all week they will receive a treat bag on Thursday 18th November 2020.

Week beginning Monday 1st November 2021 – Your child will return home with a green, amber or red certificate.  This is to make you aware of your child’s attendance percentage on a half termly basis.  A red colour certificate indicates that your child’s attendance is below 90% and this is of concern.  I may have already spoken to you about this and implemented measures to support you in ensuring your child attends school regularly.  An amber certificate indicates your child’s attendance is 90-96% and is being monitored. A green certificate indicates your child is 96% or over which is in line with the National average of 96% or above – well done! Your child will receive a colour certificate every half term.

Friday 7th January 2022 – A Special Attendance Assembly takes place in school to present certificates to our 100% Autumn Term attenders.  If your child has managed to attend school every day for a whole term (autumn) they will receive a Bronze Certificate during this assembly!

Tuesday 4th January 2022 to 31 January 2022 – ATTEND TO ACHIEVE MONTH! This initiative is similar to Attend to Achieve Week for a whole month. Charts are placed in your child’s class and on a daily basis your child will tick the chart next to their name.  Each child who attends school every day in January will receive their reward on Thursday 3rd February 2022.  This reward is usually quite special and in the past it has been a bouncy castle session, yoga session or musician.

Friday 29th April 2022 – A Special Attendance Assembly takes place in school to present certificates to our 100% Spring Term attenders.  If your child has managed to attend school every day for a whole term (spring) they will receive a Bronze Certificate in this assembly! If your child has attended school for 2 whole terms they would have already received a bronze certificate in autumn term and will receive a silver certificate in today’s assembly.

Monday 20th June 2022 to Friday 24th June 2022 – ATTEND TO ACHIEVE WEEK! If your child attends school all week they will receive a treat bag on Thursday 30th June 2020.

Wednesday 6th July 2022 (this date may vary depending on availability/ weather) – An exciting trip for our annual 100% attenders.  This applies to any child that has not been absent from school all year!  The trip will either be a trip to the cinema or a fun day out at the beach.

Tuesday 19th July 2022 – A Special Awards Assembly takes place in school to present certificates to our 100% Summer Term attenders.  If your child has managed to attend school every day for a whole term (summer) they will receive a Bronze Certificate during this assembly! If your child has attended school for 2 whole terms (either spring and summer or autumn and summer) they would have already received a bronze certificate and will receive a silver certificate in today’s assembly. If your child has already received a Bronze and Silver Certificate they will receive a Gold certificate in today’s special attendance assembly!

We do hope you understand the significance of excellent school attendance. It is especially important after COVID 19 school closures, that all children are present in school full time in order to catch up on vital lost learning.