Parents/Carers are responsible for making sure that their children receive a suitable full-time education. Children also have the right to an 'effective education' (Protocol 1, Article 2, Human Rights Act 1998.)
Children must therefore attend school regularly.
We understand that if your child is unwell they may not be able to attend school. If your child is absent as a result of illness, please phone us from 08:00-08:30am on 01753 521888 on the first day of absence and each subsequent day, to let us know the reason.
When your child is well enough to return to school, you must bring in/show one of the following if he or she has been absent for 3 or more consecutive days (or 6 or more consecutive sessions) and hand to a member of the school office:
- A signed/stamped Doctor's note dated from the time of absence;
- An appointment card signed/stamped by the medical practice or department and dated from the time of absence;
- A receipt for over-the-counter medicine dated from the time of absence;
- Any prescribed medicine with an affixed sticker including the date from the time of absence;
- An official text from a medical establishment showing confirmation of a medical appointment.
For absences of up to 2 consecutive days, or 4 consecutive sessions, please provide a letter/email/Class Dojo message explaining the reason for their absence. The information provided will be recorded in the class register and any letter received will be stored securely. The registers are legal documents which are regularly scrutinised by our Senior Leadership Team, and a member of the Local Authority’s Attendance Service.
Absences due to illness, religious observance and medical appointments, for which we receive sufficient evidence as per our Policy above, are given authorisation in the registers. Absences for which we receive insufficient evidence or no explanation will remain as unauthorised. High levels of unauthorised absence, regular days off or significant periods of absence will need to be investigated by the school. As a result, parents may be requested to attend an attendance meeting. They may also be at risk of prosecution for failing to bring their child to school regularly which may result in being fined by the Local Authority.
Phoenix Infant Academy will be unable to authorise any holiday absence unless a request meets the 'exceptional circumstances' as outlined in the Attendance Policy. School is closed for sufficient weeks each year for families to make arrangements to take holidays that do not impact upon their children’s education. In all cases, please complete a Leave of Absence form at least 2 weeks' in advance and email/hand in to the school office. A member of the Senior Leadership Team will then be in contact.
For further information or support, please speak to our Attendance Officer, Miss S. Fielding, or the school's Senior Champion for Attendance, Mrs K. Pelazza.
COVID-19 Attendance expectations
From 24th February 2022, the Government changed its COVID guidance. People with COVID in England are now no longer legally required to self-isolate; however, it is still recommended.
From 1st April 2022, this guidance was updated further. Whilst not legally obliged to, if your child tests positive, we do ask that they remain at home and avoid contact with others for three full days (from the first date they are symptomatic, or the test date if asymptomatic). A reminder that your child is not required to self-isolate or test after coming into contact with someone who has COVID.
For the latest Government information on what to do if you, or someone you've been in close contact with, test positive for COVID, please visit: People with COVID and their Contacts.
If you require any further guidance, please contact your child's class teacher via Dojo, or the school office on 01753 521888.