Attendance update regarding Covid
From September it is vital that all Cirencester Primary School pupils return to school full time. This is to minimise the longer-term impact of the outbreak on their education, wellbeing and wider development. Missing out on more time in the classroom risks pupils falling further behind. Pupil attendance is mandatory again from the beginning of the autumn term.
The usual rules on attendance will apply, including:
· It is a parents’ duty to ensure that their child attends the school where they are registered regularly
· As a school it is our responsibility to record attendance and follow up on all absence
· Sanctions, including fixed penalty notices, in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct, can be issued.
We appreciate that your child’s health and well-being is of paramount concern to you, rest assured we will continue to offer reassurance to you throughout this difficult time. Children who have symptoms of Covid-19 (new and continuous cough, high temperature and loss of taste or smell) are eligible to be tested for Covid-19. You may experience difficulty getting a test at the moment, so you keep your child off school until you have the test result. If your child does not have any of the symptoms for coronavirus, they are not eligible for a test and they attend school.
If your child has a head cold - runny nose, maybe a sore throat, sneezing, or nasal congestion, they are unlikely to have coronavirus and therefore should attend school. If you feel their head cold is particularly debilitating and your child is not well enough to attend school, you must inform the office. The attached graphic may be of use in making this decision.
At Cirencester Primary School we are totally committed to promoting the welfare and learning of your child through regular school attendance. We know that every day lost to education can have a serious impact on your child’s attainment and overall progress in school. We are therefore fully committed to promoting excellent attendance by fostering a love of school as well as providing an environment and ethos where children feel safe and can build positive relationships with each other.
If your child is to reach his or her full potential it is important that they attend regularly and are punctual. When a child is too ill to attend school or has a doctor's appointment please let us know as soon as possible. You can call into school, telephone on 01285 658550 or e-mail: email@example.com. Please help us to reduce our absences by making non essential appointments out of school hours and taking vacations in the school holiday period.
Our school Attendance Officer is Mrs C Baggus, Deputy Head Teacher. Please contact her via the school office or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to discuss any aspects of your child's attendance.
Please see our school Attendance Policy on our policies page for detailed information on our policies and procedures related to attendance. In addition to this policy, there are some useful documents for your information further down this page. There are copies of all leaflets in the school office should you want a paper copy.