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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

Contact school to inform us

Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days.

Get a test.

INFORM SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY ABOUT THE TEST RESULT.

..... The test comes back negative.

My child tests positive for Covid-19…….

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact school to inform us

Agree an earliest date for possible return - Minimum of 10 days.

Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days

Bubble isolates/remote learning.

.....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).

.....The test comes back negative.

Someone in my household has Covid-19 symptoms

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact school.

Self-Isolate the whole household for 14 days.

Anyone showing symptoms in the household to get tested

INFORM SCHOOL ABOUT THE TEST RESULTS

…..The test comes back negative.

Someone in my household tests positive for Covid-19

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact school.

Agree an 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

Contact school.

Agree an 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 requirements and FCO advice when booking travel.

Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed.

Agree and 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 school

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 education provided by school.

Your child will need to isolate for 14 days.

…..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.

 

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.