Attendance

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

coronavirus

In response to the pandemic we have relaxed some aspects of policy on attendance and strengthened others.

  • Children must not be sent to school if they present as unwell in the morning.
  • If a child becomes unwell they will be isolated until they can be collected. Staff will remain 2m away unless the child's age or needs require closer supervision in which case staff will wear PPE.
  • If a child or adult in school develops symptoms and tests positive for coronavirus their group and all they have come into close contact with will be expected to isolate at home for 14 days. By close contact we mean less than two metres for 15 or more. In school we would expect this to be the child or adult's group with whom they are learning.
  • We will not do temperature checks in school but it would be helpful if parents and carers consider this at home.
  • We are no longer offering any facility to give Calpol or any over the counter medication in school.
  • Parents and carers of children in Reception, Year 1 and 6 (from June 8th) and key workers' and vulnerable children who have taken up the offer of a place in school, are expected to attend daily unless unwell.
  • Parents and carers will not receive letters or fixed penalty notices should they make the decision to keep their child at home.

We continue to expect every family, without exception, to follow medical advice including:

  • Children are isolated for 7 days if they have symptoms of coronavirus
  • Other family members, including their siblings, isolate for 14 days if a family member has symptoms or tests positive for coronavirus
  • The 48 hour rule for sickness and diarrhoea

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.

We appreciate that families cannot get to the GP or have proof and in these unprecedented times we must all try and help each other as best we can. No letters regarding attendance will be issued this term or in Summer term as we understand that school attendance will be erratic and unpredictable.

There is a new register code for any family self-isolating due to the coronavirus.

PLEASE SEE THE GUIDE TO REOPENING FOR STAGGERED START TIMES DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Start of day - doors open at 08:40 and the register is taken at 08:50am.

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

attendance league table!

Attendance 2019-20

punctuality

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.

Absence

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

CWAC Good Practice Guide to Emotionally Based School Non-Attendance

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 .

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The school can then issue a fixed penalty notice (fine) for non attendance which may lead to further legal action should attendance not improve.