Attendance Lead – Mrs Sally Clements
Education Welfare Officer – Ms Theresa Mason
Arriving at school on time every day is important for parents/carers and children.
Being punctual and ready to work are important life skills that we try to develop in school to equip children for working life.
When your child is late, they are rushing and get off to a bad start, and may miss some of their early morning work, including the beginnings of lessons.
It also disrupts the teacher and the class, who have often started working when children arrive late. Your child could also miss important information or instructions so they may not be confident during the rest of the day.
What is late?
The doors close at 8.50am in both KS1 and KS2, and we expect children to be in school by this time. The playground entrances are open from 8.40am.
The register is taken electronically.
If your child is not here and ready to work by these times then they are classed as late.
Good attendance is essential. Your child will not make the progress they are capable of if they are away from school on a regular basis. We aim for 96% attendance over the year for every child – which is also the Government target for Primary School.
If your child loses on average a day a week, they would have an attendance rate of 80%. This would be unacceptable and would involve the Education Welfare Officer (EWO) any could lead to legal action.
ONE DAY A WEEK OFF SCHOOL ADDS UP TO THE EQUIVALENT OF 8 WEEKS OVER A SCHOOL YEAR
THINK ABOUT THIS – OVER 4 YEARS IN KS2 YOUR CHILD WOULD MISS NEARLY A WHOLE YEAR OF TEACHING TIME!
You can see why we are trying constantly to improve attendance – we must make sure that your child makes the best progress they possibly can, and they can only do that by being in school.
What should I do if my child needs to be away from school?
If your child is poorly, please telephone the school on the first day of absence, giving the reason for absence. You need to do this for every school day your child misses. If your child’s attendance is poor, then you may be required to provide prove of illness for the Education Welfare officer.
Raddlebarn Primary School is adopting Birmingham’s policy for granting leave of absence in term time. This is in line with the Governments renewed appeal to parents. Absences will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances, there is no automatic right to any holidays in tem time.
Leave of absence must be requested from and agreed by the Head Teacher in advance of any absence. If approved, the absence is still registered as authorised and if not approved and still taken, as unauthorised. It is recommended that as a general rule, any activity or holiday that can be arranged during the annual 13 week holiday time should not be authorised during the school term.
All unauthorised absences will be reported to the EWO and may result in you receiving a fixed penalty fine. Unauthorised absence may be subject to a penalty notice fine of £60 payable per parent per child, increasing to £120 each if not paid within 21 days. If this fine is not paid, this may lead to court proceedings.
We look carefully at every child’s attendance each half term. Any child who has less than 90% is monitored by the Attendance Officer and the EWO who may write to you to request a meeting.
If your child’s attendance does not improve we will ask the EWO to visit the family at home. Failure to improve attendance may result in legal action being taken against you.
Recommended period to be kept away from school (once child is well)
|Chickenpox||Until all spots have crusted and formed a scab – usually five-seven days from onset of rash||Chicken pox causes a rash of red, itchy spots that turn into fluid-filled blisters. They then crust over to form scabs, which eventually drop off.|
|Cold sores||None||Many healthy children and adults excrete this virus at some time without having a ‘sore’ (herpes simplex virus)|
|German measles||Five days from onset of rash||The child is most infectious before the diagnosis is made and most children should be immune to immunisation so that exclusion after the rash appears will prevent very few cases|
|Hand, foot and mouth disease||None||Usually a mild disease not justifying time off school|
|Impetigo||48 hours after treatment starts and/or until lesions are crusted or healed||Antibiotic treatment by mouth may speed healing. If lesions can reliably be kept covered exclusion may be shortened|
|Measles||Five days from onset of rash||Measles is now rare in the UK|
|Molluscum contagiosum||None||A mild condition|
|Ringworm (Tinea)||None||Proper treatment by the GP is important. Scalp ringworm needs treatment with an antifungal by mouth|
|Roseolla||None||A mild illness, usually caught from well persons|
|Scabies||Until treated||Outbreaks have occasionally occurred in schools and nurseries. Child can return as soon as properly treated. This should include all the persons in the household.|
|Scarlet fever||Five days from child commencing antibiotics||Treatment recommended for the affected|
|Slapped cheek or Fifth disease (Parvovirus)||None||Exclusion is ineffective as nearly all transmission takes place before the child becomes unwell.|
|Warts and verrucae||None||Affected children may go swimming but verrucae should be covered|
|Diarrhoea and/or vomiting (with or without a specified diagnosis)||Until diarrhoea and vomiting has settled (neither for the previous 48 hours). Please check with the school before sending your child back.||Usually there will be no specific diagnosis and for most conditions there is no specific treatment. A longer period of exclusion may be appropriate for children under age 5 and older children unable to maintain good personal hygiene.|
|E-coli and Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome||Depends on the type of E-coli seek further advice from the CCDC|
|Giardiasis||Until diarrhoea has settled (for the previous 24 hours)||There is a specific antibiotic treatment|
|Salmonella||Until diarrhoea and vomiting has settled (neither for the previous 24 hours)||If the child is under five years or has difficulty in personal hygiene, seek advice from the Consultant in Communicable Disease Control.|
|Shigella (Bacillary dysentery)||Until diarrhoea has settled (for the previous 24 hours)||If the child is under five years or had difficulty in personal hygiene, seek advice from the Consultant in Communicable Disease Control.|
|Flu (Influenza)||None||Flu is most infectious just before and at the onset of symptoms|
|Tuberculosis||CCDC will advise||Generally requires quite prolonged, close contact for spread on action. Not usually spread from children.|
|Whooping cough (Pertussis)||Five days from commencing antibiotic treatment||Treatment (usually with erythromycin) is recommended though non-infectious coughing may still continue for many weeks|
|Conjunctivitis||None||If an outbreak occurs consult Consultant in Communicable Disease Control|
|Glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis)||None|
|Head lice (nits)||None||Treatment is recommended in cases where live lice have definitely been seen|
|Hepatitis A||See comments||There is no justification for exclusion of well older children with good hygiene who will have been much more infectious prior to the diagnosis. Exclusion is justified for five days from the onset of jaundice or stools going pale for the under fives or where hygiene is poor|
|Meningococcal meningitis/septicaemia||The CCDC will give specific advice on any action needed||There is no reason to exclude from schools siblings and other close contacts of a case|
|Meningitis not due to Meningococcalinfection||None||Once the child is well infection risk is minimal|
|Mumps||Five days from onset of swollen glands||The child is most infectious before the diagnosis is made and most children should be immune due to immunisation|
|Threadworms||None||Transmission is uncommon in schools but treatment is recommended for the child and family.|
|Tonsillitis||None||There are many causes, but most cases are due to viruses and do not need an antibiotic. For one cause, streptococcal infection, antibiotic treatment is recommended|
|HIV/AIDS||HIV is not infectious through casual contact. There have been no recorded cases of spread within a school or nursery.|
|Hepatitis B and C||Although more infectious than HIV, hepatitis B and C have only rarely spread within a school setting. Universal precautions will minimise possible danger or spread of both hepatitis B and C.|