School Attendance Policy
Role of the School:
- The importance of school attendance is promoted throughout the school. Pupils are registered accurately and efficiently.
- Pupil attendance is recorded daily in the class roll book.
- Class attendance is recorded daily in the class attendance notebook and the leabhar tinreamh.
- If a child is not present by 10am and the school hasn’t received notification from the parent/guardian the child is marked absent.
- Children are not encouraged to leave the school before the official closing time.
- Children are only permitted to leave if they are collected by parents/guardians or for older children if there is a written request from parent/guardian.
- If a parent/guardian is taking a child from school during school hours he/she must call to the office, get permission from the Principal and sign the child out.
- If this becomes a regular occurrence or if there is not a valid reason for the child’s removal the parents will be challenged by the Principal and encouraged to leave the child in school for the full school day. Parents or guardians are contacted when reasons for absences are unknown or have not been communicated.
- Pupil attendance and lateness is monitored. Attendance for each class is monitored on a monthly basis.
- Attendance is monitored closely and the principal gets in touch with parents if he has concerns.
- A red letter is sent from the office to the parent/guardian of every child who has missed more than ten days requesting that the child’s attendance improves and informing the parent/guardian that the Education Welfare Officer will be notified if their child misses twenty or more days.
- The Education Welfare Officer is informed of all children whose attendance is affecting their education. Once the child’s attendance is becoming a concern (10+ days) the Principal sets up a meeting between the EWO and the parents/guardians.
- School attendance statistics are reported as appropriate to:
(a) The Education Welfare Board.
(b) The Education Welfare Officer
Role of the Parent/Guardian:
- Parents have an obligation to send their children to a recognized school and engage in full time education between the ages of 6 and 16.
- Parents are encouraged to get to know the Principal and teachers and to communicate any concerns that they may have regarding their child’s education and welfare.
- Parents are asked to pass on the notion of the importance of getting a good education and the importance of attending school every day.
- Parents are expected to have their children in school every day and on time. Parents are expected to let the school know if their child is absent and why.
- If an absence is known beforehand (e.g. dental or eye appointment), the school should be notified of the intended absence. If possible, children should be in school before and after appointments. Where possible, appointments for children should be made outside of school times.
- Parents should not take holidays during school time.
Role of the Principal:
- Promote the importance of good school attendance among pupils, parents and staff.
- Promote the development of good self-concept and self-worth in the children.
- Promote the reward system for pupils. Ensure that the school register of pupils is maintained in accordance with regulations.
- Ensure support is in place for pupils, who have special educational needs, in accordance with Department guidelines.
- Ensure internal communication procedures are in place to inform teachers of the special
needs of pupils.
- Inform the Education Welfare Officer :
· If a pupil is not attending school regularly.
· When a pupil has been absent for 20 or more days during the course of a school year.
· If a pupil has been suspended for a period of six or more days.
· When a pupil’s name is removed from the school register.
· Inform parents of a decision to contact the Education Welfare Officer of concerns regarding a pupil.
- In the instance of a child transferring from another school, inform the previous school once the child is on roll in Corpus Christi Primary School.
Role of the Class Teacher:
- Encourage pupils to attend regularly and punctually.
- Promote the reward system for pupils.
- Promote the development of good self-concept and self-worth in the children.
- Maintain the school roll-book/notebook in accordance with procedure.
- Keep a record of explained and unexplained absences.
- Ensure the school curriculum, insofar as is practicable, is interesting, flexible and relevant to the needs of the individual child.
- Support pupils, who have special educational needs.
- Give ‘school is cool’ raffle ticket to children who attend school for a full week.
- Parent red alert letters to be sent to the office to be signed and posted.
- Parent congratulations certs to be given to parent of children who attend school for a month without missing a day.
- ‘Homework off’ voucher given to each child who has attended school for a full month without missing a day.
- Attendance sheets for EWO to be sent to the post holder each month.
- Inform the Principal of concerns he/she may have regarding the attendance of any pupil
- When a teacher is going to be absent he/she is expected to notify the Principal as early as is possible on the first day of the absence. The teacher should where possible indicate the likely duration of the absence. The maximum number of uncertifed sick days allowed in any school year is seven.
- If the teacher is going to have a medical cert it is important to let the Principal know, as this has implications for substitute cover.
- Each class teacher to have the list of where children go when he/she is absent filled in and easy to access in the classroom eg. on the wall/or in the roll book.
- Teachers applying for leave of absence are asked to consult the relevant Department of Education & Skills circulars.
- If a teacher is aware that he/she is going to be absent (e.g. course day) and substitute cover is unavailable or not provided by the Dept. he/she is expected to have work ready for the pupils to complete.
Role of Pupils:
- Pupils have the responsibility to attend school regularly and punctually.
- Pupils should inform the principal or teachers if there is a problem that may lead to their absence.
- Pupils are responsible for promptly passing on absence notes from parents to their class teacher.
- Pupils are responsible for passing school correspondence to their parents, on the specified day.
Strategies for promoting good attendance:
Parents/guardians promote good school attendance by:
- Ensuring regular and punctual school attendance.
- Notifying the School if their children cannot attend for any reason.
- Working with the School and education welfare service to resolve any attendance problems.
- Making sure their children understand that parents support and approve of school attendance.
- Discussing planned absences with the school.
- Refraining, if at all possible, from taking holidays during school time.
- Showing an interest in their children’s school day and their children’s homework.
- Encouraging them to participate in school activities.
- Praising and encouraging their children’s achievements.
- Instilling in their children, a positive self-concept and a positive sense of self-worth.
- Ensuring, insofar as is possible, that children’s appointments (with dentists etc.), are arranged for times outside of school hours. If this is not possible remove the child from school for as little time as possible before and after the appointment.
- Contacting the school immediately, if they have concerns about absence or other related school matters.
- Notifying, in writing, the school if their child/children, particularly children in junior classes, are to be collected by someone not known to the teacher.
The school promotes good school attendance by:
- Fostering an environment that encourages children to attend school and to participate fully in the life of the school.
- Promoting the development of good self-concept and self-worth in the children.
- Ensuring the school curriculum, insofar as is practicable, is flexible and relevant to the needs of the individual child. Supporting pupils, who have special educational needs, in accordance with Department guidelines.
- Ensuring internal communication procedures are in place to inform teachers of the special needs of pupils. Utilizing the assistance of the Education Welfare Officer.
- The HSCL teacher works closely with parents who may experience difficulty in getting their children to school.
- Pupils with a poor attendance record will, insofar as is practicable, be supported in an effort to improve their attendance.
- Attendance rates of pupils will be monitored by the class teacher in the first instance, and the class teacher will notify the Principal of any concerns regarding the attendance of any child.
- A cert of congratulations is sent to the parents of the children who attend school for a month without missing a day.
- Homework off vouchers are given to children who attend school for a month without missing a day.
- Children are congratulated at assembly and given certs when they attend school for a full month without missing a day.
- At the end of each week a ‘school is cool’ raffle ticket is given to children who have not missed a day that week.
- At the end of the month a ‘school is cool’ raffle is held and one child from each class wins a prize.
- At the end of each term a class prize is given to the class with the best overall attendance.
- Special awards are given to children who have not missed a single day at the end of every term.
The Education Welfare Board:
The Education Welfare Board aims to assist children and parents of children who are not
attending school on a regular basis. However, if the Education Welfare Board considers that
parents/guardians are neglecting their obligations regarding school attendance they may
serve a School Attendance Notice. Parents will be required to send their children to school and
failure to do so may require legal action to be taken. Legal action is the last option and will
only be taken in exceptional cases, if it is the only way that a child’s right to education can be