Regular and punctual attendance at school or alternative provision is a legal requirement, as well as being essential to enable children to maximise their educational attainments and opportunities.
CWAC Code of Conduct Irregular Attendance
All children should return to school from 8th March 2021 when school attendance becomes mandatory. Click the arrow for more information on circumstances when children should be absent.
We are routinely assessing the risks and planning for the recovery carefully so no family need be unduly anxious about coming into school. School is no less safe than before Christmas when all children were attending.
That said, families must not send in children who are unwell. The rule of thumb must be very different during a pandemic. This includes the 48 hour rule for any sickness and diarrhoea for which there can be no exceptions. It is for this reason we are no longer offering to administer or give Calpol or any other medication in school other than for known medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, ADHD medicine or for allergies).
We expect fewer children presenting as unwell in school as we have asked parents and carers to be vigilant and keep their children off school if they have any symptoms of coronavirus.
The NHS advice states: If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
Stay at home (self-isolate) – do not leave your home or have visitors. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also self-isolate.
Get a test – get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, should also get a test if they have symptoms.
Children who present with symptoms of coronavirus will be kept in isolation until they can be collected. Parents or carers will be expected to collect their child without delay. They will be expected to arrange for a test for their child. When the child leaves school the medical room will be cleaned before it is used again. If the test is negative and all symptoms have ceased, the child can return to school.
Due to the ongoing high rates of COVID-19 in the community, CW&C Council Public Health Team have issued local advice to residents to book a COVID-19 PCR test if they experience any of the following symptoms: shortness of breath, muscle or body aches, fatigue, sore throat, headache, nasal congestion or runny nose, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting.
For children who are well but at home because of the 48 hour rule or are isolating because of coronavirus there are opportunities for learning at home on the website. In the event of a whole class or phase having to lockdown we will move swiftly, within 24 hours to teachers providing online learning.
The 48 hour rule for sickness and diarrhoea must be respected by every family. This rule is in place to reduce infection and consequent sickness absence.
Families should contact the school office on 01606 800170 and select option 1 to tell us why a child is absent.
https://www.kingsmead.cheshire.sch.uk/information/health-and-wellbeing has links to up to date advice from the NHS, DfE (Department of Education) and our Local Authority at CWAC.
With Covid meaning attendance can't be judged as before the pandemic we are suspending the attendance league table. Click here for previous data. Attendance is no less important this year; we have just changed how we present the figures!
Start of day - doors open at 08:40.
Reception finish at 3:05, Key Stage 1 at 3:10 and Key Stage 2 at 3:15pm.
Children need to be in school regularly with minimal absence if they are to enjoy and achieve as well. Learning starts promptly in the morning and children who are late miss key learning as well as having an unsettled start to the day.
School Holiday Dates for CWAC to 2025 - check them out to avoid missing school before you book!
When school reopens to more pupils after 8th June, we expect all children to arrive on time and ready to learn. This will be more important with staggered start times to reduce risk of spreading the virus.
The start of day are not only important for children's emotional well-being and settling into the busy school day but they are key times for learning. Children arriving late have a dis-regulated start to the day and also impact on the learning of others when having to have a lesson explained because they missed the start of day. In Early Years and Key Stage 1 we start the morning with the very important lesson in phonics - fundamental to children learning to read and write. Children arriving late miss their short phonics daily input. Others are embarrassed and insecure walking into class after lessons have started. This is why we have a staggered morning session without lining up - children can arrive between 8:40 and 8:50 so all can enjoy a positive start to the day.
We expect children to have no absence other than for sickness or other medical reasons. If your child is too unwell to be in school please ring us on 01606 800170, select option 1 and leave a message. All children must be accounted for when we take the registers and we will contact families if we are not sure of a child's whereabouts.
Sickness and diarrhoea - bugs spread very quickly in school despite regular reminders about hand washing after using the toilet and hand gel dispensers around the building. When families support the 48 hour rule, fewer days are lost to sickness absence.
Anyone reporting diarrhoea and vomiting should exclude themselves from school until 48 hours after the vomiting and/or diarrhoea has stopped, this will help prevent spread to others.
Director of Public Health, Cheshire West and Chester Council
To thrive and enjoy school to the full, children need to attend on time, every day.
Click here for the CWAC school holiday dates right up to 2021. We hope this will help families book lovely holidays in the holidays!
more persistent and serious absence
The Department of Education deem any attendance below 90% as persistent absenteeism. While all absence affects children's learning and achievement, attendance below 95% is where we would communicate with families around making improvements. It is the responsibility of parents or carers to bring to our attention and discuss any exceptional circumstances affecting their child's attendance.
Cheshire West and Chester Local Authority have issued detailed guidance for all schools to use when any pupil's attendance is a cause for concern. 2017-18 was the first year we have issued FPNs (Fixed Penalty Notices). Families wishing to take their children out of school for reasons other than illness or medical appointments should put their request in writing to the headteacher, along with the dates of the absence requested. In exceptional circumstances absence in term time may be authorised. If families do not have the absence authorised in advance they risk a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued.
Attendance is formally looked at for all children each term. We send letters to inform parents when attendance falls below 95% at the end of the Autumn term. Where attendance is below 90% this is a more serious cause for concern. If attendance does not improve, unless there are exceptional reasons for absence being unavoidable we will escalate our response in line with the CWAC .
Parents or carers along with their child are invited to an informal meeting which they are expected to attend. We will discuss how we might work in partnership to achieve acceptable levels of school attendance.
If this does not improve the situation we will convene an attendance panel. At this, targets for attendance may be set and we may require that for any further medical absence to be authorised, we must be given proof of appointment or a note from a health professional saying that the child was too unwell to be in school.
The school can then issue a fixed penalty notice (fine) for non attendance which may lead to further legal action should attendance not improve.