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Attendance

What to do if your child is ill

Lots of parents have contacted us asking what to do in different situations. Below is a basic guide to follow. However, please also check out the latest NHS advice if you are unsure.

You can contact the NHS by calling 111 or going to their website at: https://111.nhs.uk/

What to do if……….

 

Action Needed

Return to school when……

My child has Covid-19 symptoms:

  • HIGH TEMPERATURE – this means they feel hot to touch on their chest or back.
  • A NEW CONTINOUS COUGH – this means coughing for more than an hour or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
  • A LOSS OR CHANGE TO THEIR SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE – this means they have noticed they cannot smell or taste anything.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
Get a test.
Contact school daily until test outcome is known.
Household to self-isolate until child receives test result.
INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT THE TEST RESULT.
DO NOT SEND ANY SIBLINGS TO SCHOOL.
IF NO TESTS AVAILABLE CONTINUE TO ISOLATE FOR 10 DAYS OR UNTIL NEGATIVE TEST RESULT.

..... The test comes back negative.

My child tests positive for Covid-19…….

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
Inform school immediately about test result. Agree earliest date for possible return - minimum of 10 days.
Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.

.....They feel better. They can return after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of taste/smell. These symptoms can last for several weeks.

My child tests negative

CONTACT THE SCHOOL. Discuss when your child can come back to school (same day/next day). FORWARD EMAIL OF TEST RESULT OR SCREEN SHOT TO SCHOOL.

.....The test comes back negative.

Someone in my household has Covid-19 symptoms

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL. Contact school daily.
Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days (or until test comes back negative).
Household member and anyone else in household who is showing symptoms to get a test.
INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT TEST RESULTS.

...The household member test comes back negative.

Someone in my household tests positive for Covid-19

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
Agree earliest date for possible return - minimum of 14 days.

…..The child has completed 14 days of isolation.

NHS Test & Trace has identified my child has come in close contact of someone with symptoms of a confirmed case of Covid-19

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
Agree earliest date for possible return - minimum of 14 days.

…..The child has completed 14 days of isolation.

We/my child has travelled and has to self-isolate as a period of quarantine

Do not take unauthorised leave in term time.
Consider quarantine requirement and FCO advice when booking travel.
Provide information to school as per attendance policy.
Returning from a destination where quarantine needed:
DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
Agree an earliest date for possible return. Minimum of 14 days from return date. Self-isolate the whole household.

…..The quarantine period of 14 days has been completed.

We have received medical advice that my child must resume shielding

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL.
Contact the pastoral team in school as soon as possible. Shield until you are informed that 
restrictions are lifted
 and shielding is paused again.

….School inform you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to school.

My child’s bubble is closed due to Covid-19 outbreak in school

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL. At home support your child with remote learning provided by school.
Your child will need to isolate for 14 days AND NOT GO OUT AT ALL. Others in the household can go to work/school as usual.

…..School will inform you when the bubble will be reopened.

My child is ill with symptoms not linked to Covid-19

FOLLOW USUAL SCHOOL ABSENCE POLICY PROCEDURE

…..After 48 hours following the last bout of sickness/diarrhoea if this is the cause of absence.

 

You can download an A4 sheet which contains this useful guide at the bottom of this page.

 

Attendance rates

100% attendance is achievable from every child, and to be at the Westfield Student Standard students are expected to have an attendance of 96% or above.

Did you know that:

  • Under 90% attendance a child is classed as a Persistent Absentee and will have a huge impact on a child’s learning. Only 14% of students with an attendance of 90% or below will gain five 9-5 grades.
  • 10 minutes late every day will mean that a child loses 33 hours of learning a year.

Westfield School believes that regular school attendance is the key to enabling students to maximise the educational opportunities available to them and become resilient, confident and competent adults who are able to realise their full potential and make a positive contribution to their community.

Westfield values all students and we will work with families to identify the reasons for unsatisfactory attendance and try to resolve any difficulties.

Our Attendance Policy should not be viewed in isolation; it is a strand that runs through all aspects of school improvement, supported by our policies on safeguarding, bullying, behaviour and DSEN.

For any information regarding attendance please contact Mrs Kim Maybury on 0114 2485 221

 

requesting Term time absences

The Department for Education (DfE) makes it very clear that headteachers cannot authorise any leave of absence, including term-time holidays, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Any absence without this agreement will be classed as unauthorised and would go down on the student’s records.

Unauthorised absences of five or more consecutive days will lead to the issuing of a fixed penalty notice regardless of the student’s previous attendance record and could even leave to further prosecution.

If authorised, the Headteacher is also able to set a time limit on the leave of absence. Exceptional circumstances are described as unique or one-off events. They might include family emergencies, a sudden change in circumstances or a once-in-a lifetime opportunity. Visits from family members or opportunities for discounted holidays will not constitute as exceptional circumstances. Also, in taking any decision to authorise absence a headteacher will also take other factors into account such as a student’s attendance record.

This policy is in line with Sheffield City Council guidelines and is common across the Westfield Family of Schools. 

You can download the form to request a term time absence from this page. However, please be aware that the regulations mean that these can only be authorised in extreme circumstances

You can find our full Attendance Policy on our policies page.

You can read the DfE guidance for parents here.