Attendance

ABSENCE

Illness

If your child is going to be absent from school due to illness, then please inform the office before 9am in the morning, and let us know why your child is going to be absent, and when you expect them to return. If your child is off for more than one day, we must still be informed each day of your child's absence until they return to school.

Please note in instances of sickness and/or diarrhea, please keep your child off school for 48 hours, timed from the last occurrence.

Please call 01208 862496 or email school secretary Liz Hall at liz.hall@stminver.org

Medication

We will administer prescribed medication to children if:

  • They are handed in to the office with clear written instructions. Instructions on the bottle is not sufficient
  • The medicine is labelled with the child's name and dose
  • The timing of the dose is not critical
  • Parents should collect medicines from the office at the end of the school day

We have to dispense all medicines centrally; this has to been done at playtime or lunch time. Where medicine has to be given four times a day, it would be helpful if you gave one dose before school and two after, leaving us to give one only in the middle of the day.

The above does not apply to asthma inhalers which often need to be kept with the child. Parents need to complete our Asthma form to enable this. It is available from the school office. Parents of children with asthma should encourage them to learn to take responsibility for their own medication.

Holidays

The school is no longer allowed to authorise up to 10 days holiday for a family within the academic year. These rules were changed in 2013. The school will consider requests for absence during term time on an individual basis. If you feel that you have exceptional circumstances in which to apply for a term time holiday, please complete the request form that can be accessed below, or from the school office.

We realise that the vast majority of our parents work in seasonal industries and therefore find it very difficult to take holiday in the normal term time. We will consider this in your application, but it is not a guarantee that a request will be granted. The school will not authorise absence for any child where there current attendance has already fallen below 90% as it would be deemed necessary for them to attend school on a more regular basis.

If your child is granted leave of absence during term time, or they have a significant period of sustained illness, you can access the absence working packs below. These will give you some guidance on the sorts of activities that you could be completing with your child during their absence from school. Any work that you do complete can be brought back to the school for marking.

Medical appointments

If you need to take your child out of school for any length of time to attend a medical appointment, then the school office must be notified in advance. We also ask to see the letter confirming the date and time of the medical appointment. Please ensure that, where possible, medical appointments are made outside of school time.

 

ATTENDANCE

Since September 2015, a new challenge has faced every school with the reduction of the threshold for persistent absenteeism now set at 10%, reducing from 15% in previous years. This amounts to 19 school days in a year. This is a very tight target and is linked to holidays in term time and indiscriminate days off.

Additionally, the guidance for issuing penalty notices for unauthorised absence has been revised. It now states that:

Penalty Notices can only be issued in cases where a pupil of compulsory school age has been absent from school and the absence has not been authorised

Or

Where a pupil arrives persistently late

 

The minimum level of absence necessary is 10 or more school sessions (5 days) in any 100 day period.

Prosecution under the Education Act should be considered as an alternative where 20 or more sessions of unauthorised absence occur.

It is therefore essential that all requests for ‘leave of absence’ are made well in advance to enable time to check reasons, evidence and previous attendance information. Do not assume that authorisation will be given. School term dates are published well in advance to enable parents to make plans for holidays out of school time. These can be found either on the school website Calendar or Cornwall Council website.

This guidance is intended to be used in tackling parentally condoned absence where it is reasonable to expect that a parent can ensure the child’s regular attendance but are not willing to take responsibility for doing so.

Please help us and your child by ensuring that their attendance remains above 95%.