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Attendance

Attendance and Punctuality

Excellent attendance at school is the best foundation for success in all aspects of our pupils' learning.  We expect every pupil to attend  every day they are able to and set the acceptable level of attendance at 95%. We do understand that illness is a factor and pupils should only be absent from school when they are unable to get up at all.  Minor illnesses such as coughs and colds are not a reason to stay home.  If pupils require medication during the day they can hand it in to the office at the beginning of the day and access it when it is needed.  Absences for longer than two days will require medical evidence. 

Medical appointments can be difficult to schedule but should as far as possible be made outside of school time.  If it is not possible to make appointments outside the school day please ensure your child attends before and or after their appointment so they miss out on the least amount of learning possible. 

If your child is going to be late because of illness or an appointment please provide them with a note.  Poor punctuality with no good reason will be followed up with a red card detention at lunchtime. 

Holidays cannot be authorised during school time. If holidays are taken during this time penalty notices will be issued if they meet the criteria for absence.  The penalty notices are issued for each child separately and for each eligible parent. If any exceptional circumstances exist please fill in the Holiday Request Form and return it to the Attendance Officer Mrs K. Bennett. 

Should you have any questions regarding your child's attendance please contact your child's tutor or the relevant Achievement Coordinator in the first instance. 

Please remember that every day counts for your child's learning and gaining the best qualifications they can.

Click the Attendance Cover letter for a letter from our Head teacher, Mrs McLaughlin.  

Click the Absence Form and fill out to inform us of any planned absences.

Click the Attendance Information for further information and click on the Bristol City Council School Attendance Leaflet for their expectations.

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Covid 19 related, pupil absence - A quick guide for parents

What to do if…

Action needed

Return to school when…

My child has Covid-19 symptoms.

HIGH TEMPERATURE- This means they feel hot to the touch on their chest or back. Temperature above 37.7OC

 A NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH- this means coughing a lot for over an hour or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.

A LOSS OF YOUR SENSE OF SMELL OR TASTE- this means you have noticed no smells or taste is present at all.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact the school and inform us via 0117 377 2050 or 0117 377 2350

Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days

 

The test comes back negative THE SAME DAY IS POSSIBLE.

My child test positive for Covid-19

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

  • Inform the school as soon as you can.
  • Earliest possible return date is 10 days from positive test or 14 days from first symptoms in the household.
  • Self-isolate the whole household for 14 days
  • Learning resources provided via Google classroom.

They can return to school when they feel better after 10 days of a positive test.

Some symptoms may last for weeks such as loss of smell or cough.

My Child tests negative for Covid-19

CONTACT THE SCHOOL

Discuss when your child can come back into school, same day/ next day

As soon as you have a negative test result.

My child is ill but not with Covid-19 symptoms

FOLLOW THE USUAL ST BERNADETTE PROCEDURES BUT ONLY KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME IF ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY

The pupil returns to school as soon as possible.

Someone in my household has Covid-19 symptoms

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact the school

Agree the earliest possible return date minimum 14 days

When the child has completed 14 days of isolation

NHS test and trace has identified that my child has been in close contact with someone with a confirmed case of Covid-19

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact the school

Agree the earliest possible return date minimum 14 days

When the child has completed 14 days of isolation

We/my child have travelled from a country where self-isolation is mandatory upon return to the UK

Leave/ holidays cannot be authorised in term time.  Please consider the isolation restrictions before travel.

Contact school and agree return date

Child works remotely from home.

The whole household must self-isolate

When the child has completed 14 days of isolation

We have received medical advice that my child needs to resume shielding

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Contact the school

Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again.

Child works remotely from home.

As soon as restrictions are lifted child comes back to school.

My Child’s year group bubble is closed due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Your child will be provided with education via Google classroom.

The whole bubble will need to isolate for 14 days.  Other members of the household only need to isolate if someone in that household develops symptoms and they test positive.

SCHOOL WILL UPDATE PARENTS ON WHEN THE BUBBLE CAN REOPEN.

 

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