At St Cuthbert's since the January 2021 Lockdown we have had attendance ranging from 25 - 50%. These children are the children of Key workers or able to attend due to their circumstances.
As of Monday 8th March all school children are expected to return to school.
The government document: Schools Covid-19: Operational Guidance (published February 2021) states:
School attendance will be mandatory for all pupils from 8 March.
The usual rules on school attendance apply, including:
• parents’ duty to secure their child’s regular attendance at school (where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age)
• the ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct
Therefore from Monday 8th March schools will responsible for monitoring attendance and following up absence.
We understand that there are unique family challenges and there may well be valid reasons for a child not attending, but we need to have open and honest conversations about these reasons.
We understand that you or the children might be nervous and we are here to help your child settle back into school life and support you in this transition.
I am confident that we have done all we can in finding the balance of creating a safe and happy school.
We will be following up absences, conducting home visits, referring families for support and as a last resort, issuing fines to parents who don’t send their children back to school.
If your child is ill, you need to phone the office every morning of the absence to explain what is wrong.
There are separate procedures if your child or a member of your household are displaying covid-19 symptoms. Please see relevant overviews and guidance.
We need your children back in school – we want to teach them, look after them, reassure them and let them have fun again with their friends.
Please talk to us if you have any concerns.