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Attendance Statement

The School has a legal responsibility to ensure the school registers are completed twice a day, once in the morning at 8am and once in the afternoon at 1pm.

At Krishna Avanti Primary School we expect our children to attend school regularly by 8am for morning registration and we will work with you, to ensure this is the case. We aim to ensure our overall attendance rate is above 98% on a yearly basis and this cannot be achieved unless we work in partnership with one another.

Attendance is regularly monitored at school and if your child's attendance rate is of a concern the school will notify you in writing.

 

Attendance Rates

Attendance rates and the different types of absences are tracked as follows:

School Level Individual pupils, whole school and different groups of learners
Governors Level Whole school, different groups of learners and comparisons between past years
Local Authority Level -Senior Educational Welfare Officer (SEWO) Individual schools and comparisons between different schools
Government Level Individual schools and comparisons between different schools

 

The Importance of Good Attendance and Punctuality

If children do not attend school regularly and on time they will:

  • Miss out on a variety of activities
  • Not be fully prepared for any school tests
  • Experience difficulty in keeping up with their learning and miss out on important instructions given at the begining of the lesson
  • Find it difficult to keep their friendships.

 

School Procedures

Punctuality/Late Register

Parents/carers will be required to sign a late register if their child arrives late to school (after 8:00am) and if they are collected late from school after (2:25pm).

The school will send a letter home regularly if your child is late three times.

Regular late attendance will result in a meeting with the Deputy Headteacher and possibly the Headteacher if there is no improvement.

Absence

If your child is absent from school you must notify the school office by 8.15 a.m. on each day of absence, informing us of the reason. For all absences a signed note, stating the reason for absence, must be brought to the school office by the first day of your child returning to school.

If you know your child is going to be absent from school, due to an emergency, you should inform the school office asap where possible by 8.15 a.m.

Please note the School day finishes at 2.25 p.m, therefore, you are advised to book hospital medical or dental appointments out of School hours or during the school holidays.

 

Unauthorised Absence

Unauthorised Absence is always logged and could result in more formal proceedings being taken and/or meetings with our Deputy Headteacher / Headteacher and an external professional i.e. Local Authority- SEWO.

 

Permission for Exceptional Leave

Permission for exceptional leave/special leave can only be given under VERY special circumstances. Exceptional leave requests need to be submitted to the Headteacher in writing PRIOR to making any arrangements.

Exceptional Leave Forms can be obtained from the school office and a decision will be given in writing, as to if the leave requested is authorised or unauthorised absence.

If the leave is authorised please note your child must return to school on the agreed date. If he/she absent from school the school will take formal procedeeding and inform the Local Authority- SEWO and follow the procedure to remove the child off the school roll.

 

HOLIDAYS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN DURING TERM TIME!

It is only a few days!

 An attendance rate of 90% or above sounds impressive over the year, however, it actually means that your child only attends school 4.5 days out of every 5 days. If this continues up to the end of secondary school, they will have missed half a school year! How do you think that will eventually impact on their exam results and their life chances?

At Krishna Avanti Primary School we offer guidance and support for parents/carers who are experiencing difficulties with their child attendance and this is reflected in our the Home School Books.

The school celebrates achievements of 100% attendance rates with the pupils on a regular basis.

 

Attendance Table

Question: Can my child attend school if they are complaining of some common ailments e.g. slight cold or tummy ache?

Have a look at the attendance table below; there is plenty that parents/carers can do to prevent both your child and others from becoming unwell.

Condition Helping your child to attend school Can my child attend school?
Colds/Flu
  • Make sure they learn to put their hand over their mouth when they cough or sneeze
  • Encourage them to wash their hands regularly
  • Encourage them to dispose of any used tissues hygienically – put them in a bin or down the toilet
  • Make sure they eat a healthy diet
  • You can give them different medicines to help clear a nose or soothe a sore throat

Yes - your child can attend school providing they do not have a high temperature or any other symptoms i.e. severe muscle cramps, high temperature, rash.

Let your class teacher or a member of staff know that they are not feeling very well.

Cough
  • Cool drinks to soothe the throat
  • Take medicine to help soothe the cough

Yes - your child can attend school, but make sure they see a doctor if the cough worsens or has difficulty with breathing.

If the cough does not clear up after 6 weeks see a doctor.

Earache, Migraine and Headaches
  • Your child may be sensitive to certain foods – talk to your GP or Nurse
  • Do not allow your children to spend too much time straining their eyes i.e. too much television or computer work
  • Take them for an eye sight test if they have not had not one for a while
  • Get some medication from the chemist

Yes - your child can attend school, but do let your class teacher know who will keep a close eye on their progress.

Stomach Ache
  • Encourage your child not to miss their meals and to eat regularly
  • Do allow them to eat too much of anything, especially things like sweets
  • Do things that will relax your child, as stomach aches can be caused by them feeling tired or could be an indication that there is something worrying them

Yes - if you know what is causing your child’s tummy ache and they have no other symptoms and have seen a doctor or nurse.

ALWAYS refer to a doctor if their stomach hurts in one specific place.