At St Cuthbert’s since June 1st our numbers have risen to around 50% attendance across all year groups. This means that a significant number of children have already returned to school; understand the differences and are settled into the new routine. Up until now, attendance has been up to the parents, dependent on their situation and the school dependent on what provision they could provide.
From September 1st 2020 attendance at school becomes mandatory once more.
The government guidance issued by the DfE states “it is vital for all children to return to school to minimise as far as possible the longer-term impact of the pandemic on children’s education, well-being and wider development.”
They go on to explain that it is a “parent’s duty to secure that their child attends school regularly.” From September 1st 2020 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.
I 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.