Should I send my child to school at the current time?
We are experiencing high volumes of calls from parents asking the office for advice regarding symptoms their children may have. Whilst we cannot give individual medical advice (this should come from your doctor or a medical professional) we have drawn up a quick set of answers to support with these matters. We would ask that parents remember it is you that know your children’s health best. At school, however we also have to consider the health of the whole school.
Would you have kept your child off school with their current symptoms before the Covid-19 pandemic?
If the answer is YES then keep your child off school and report their illness to the school either via Studybugs or by ringing the absence phoneline.
Also please consider Should they be in school if they are not feeling well?
If the answer is NO or I AM NOT SURE
Do they have:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If the answer is YES
- Keep your child off school and at home.
- Speak to 111 or go to this website and arrange for a test to be done: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/
- Your child and your household MUST self-isolate until you have the result of this test. IT IS ESSENTIAL YOU TELL US THE RESULT ALSO.
If the answer is NO and the child is otherwise well but may have;
- Runny noses
- Sore throats (without a fever)
- Minor colds
- Slight headache
- Other medical issues that Dr’s have diagnosed and are treating
THEN SEND THEM TO SCHOOL
What time does school start and finish?
To drop off and collect your child, you should access the school playground via the top gate. This will be opened at 8.40 am and at 3.00 pm
Please note: While the gates are open, the front door to the school office is locked (from 8.40 am until 9 am and 3.00 pm until 3.30 pm). This is for the children’s safety, while they are filing through the area.
Adults should take their child into class when the doors open at 8.50 am, and collect from class at 3.10 pm.
Unfortunately there is not enough room in the corridors for buggies, so please leave them outside when entering the building.
Children line up in the playground at 8.50 am to go up to the classroom with their teacher. Parent’s are not able to come up to class with their child at this stage. However they can see the teacher briefly at drop off in the playground.
KS1 come out to the playground for collection at 3.10 pm.
KS2 come out to the playground for collection at 3.15 pm.
What happens if my child is late?
If your child arrives after the rest of their class has gone inside with their teacher, they will need to register at the school office. This is really important so that we have a record that your child is in the building!
When registering at the school office, your child will order their school dinner and will be given a slip to take to their class teacher to show that they’ve been marked on the registers. You will need to sign them in, giving a reason for being late.
We understand that, at times, everyone can be late due to unavoidable circumstances. However you will receive a letter and be called to a meeting with our attendance team if your child is repeatedly late.
What happens if my child is absent?
If your child is going to be absent, you must let the office know by 9.00 am on every day that your child is absent. You can do this by downloading the Studybugs app (click below for details) on to your phone or computer. Alternatively you can call and leave a message on the absence line: 01273 601270.
- Please tell the office even if you have mentioned it to your class teacher or a member of staff in the playground, otherwise you may get a text asking where your child is. Be aware that any absence you have not told the school about will be unauthorised. We are unable to authorise a child’s absence for a parent’s illness or appointment.
- The absence will be authorised if your child is unwell (see the Attendance Newsletter for details) or if your child has a medical appointment. If your child gets better during the day, you are welcome to bring them in to school at this point. If your child has vomited, or has diarrhoea, keep them off for 24 hours. If they have D&V, with a temperature, keep them off for 48 hours.
- Please try and make doctor and dentist appointments for after school where possible. A whole day will not be authorised for a medical appointment, unless this has been agreed due to a specific reason.
Can I take my child on holiday during term time?
Unfortunately not. However, a limited amount of time may be granted if the circumstances are exceptional. This is decided by the Headteacher. Please be aware this would only be granted if the child’s attendance was already very good. Please click here to download the absence form, & complete it if you need to apply for leave in term time and email it to email@example.com
Please be aware that anyone taking unauthorised term-time absence will be liable for a fixed penalty notice of £60-£120.
Over the past two years there have been an average of ten fixed penalty notices per year, issued for unauthorised holidays and for poor attendance.
If you have any further queries, or would like to talk to someone about your child’s attendance, please see Juliana Ashworth in the office from 8.30am-12.30am Monday-Friday, or Donna Barber, Assistant Head for inclusion, behaviour & safety.
Every child, in year 1-6, who achieves 100% attendance will receive a certificate at the end of the term. Unfortunately we cannot give a certificate for 100% if there have been any absences at all, including for illness or medical appointments. However your child will have three terms to try and get one!
Each Friday morning KS2 have an assembly. The classes with the best overall attendance and least number of lates are rewarded.
% ATTENDANCE - WHAT IT MEANS
The guidance below is sent to all schools from the local authority:
- Above 97%: Less than 6 days absence a year - Excellent attendance! These pupils will almost certainly get the best grades they can, leading to better prospects for the future.
- 95%: 10 days absence a year - These pupils are likely to achieve good grades and form a habit of attending school regularly.
- 90%: 19 days absence a year - These pupils are missing a month of school per year. The Government classifies pupils in this group as “Persistent Absentees” and it will be almost impossible to keep up with work. Parents of young people in this group may face legal action being taken by the Local Authority.
Parents will be contacted by the school attendance team if their child’s attendance falls below 93%. If the attendance does not improve, you will be invited to an ASM (Attendance Support Meeting) to discuss any issues preventing your child from being in school and how we can support you with that. An attendance target will then be set and reviewed. If the target is not met, a fixed penalty notice will be issued by the local authority. For information – money accrued from the fines is kept by the local authority (L.A.), it does not come back to the school.
Punctuality – Children should go up to class with their teacher at 8.50 am. If you are late more than 5 times a term you will receive a letter. Also a member of the attendance team may want to talk to you to try and work out how you could improve punctuality. Children who are frequently late can become anxious, and will miss the instructions for the day. If you are very late, on many occasions, a FPN can be issued by the L.A. Please click here to find out more information about on FPNs and persistent absence. Please note that if your child has a medical issue, we will work with the school nurse to manage this in school. Please do tell us about it at the first opportunity.