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Jeavons Wood Primary is committed to full attendance by all pupils. There is clear evidence of the link between attendance and achievement.  

However, we understand there are occasions when your child will be unable to attend. To report a child's absence please contact the School on 01954 717180 option 1 or office@jeavonswood.org or use the link on ParentHub. Please contact us on each day of absence.  If your child has suffered sickness or diarrhoea please keep them off school for 48 hours after the last occurrence.

Department for Education guidance is clear that schools are only allowed to authorise any planned term-time absence in extremely exceptional circumstances, for example a single day for a funeral of a close relative or a medical appointment. Term-time holidays do not qualify.

If you do plan to take your child out of school for a pre-organised event then please complete a Leave of Absence Form (copies also available from the office). Any decision about taking action as a result of non-attendance is made by the Local Authority Education Welfare Officer (EWO), as made clear by this extract from the FAQ section of the latest guidance:

Can a school fine a parent for taking their child on holiday during term time?

Yes. Parents have a legal duty to make sure that their child aged 5-16, if registered at a school, attends that school regularly. If taking an unauthorised term time holiday is grounds for issuing a penalty notice according to the local authority’s code, and if the leave of absence for holiday was not authorised by the school, either the school or the local authority may issue a penalty notice.  The fine is £60 per child per parent.

Can schools decide whether parents should be prosecuted or not?

No. Only local authorities can make decisions on whether parents should be prosecuted for school attendance offences. All schools (including academies) have a duty to refer regular absence (authorised and unauthorised) to the relevant local authority. This may include any evidence to show how they supported the pupil and parent to improve attendance. It is for each local authority to judge each referral on its own merits and make a decision on the next probable cause of action 

Our target is for all JWP pupils to have an attendance rate of 97% or above.  

Penalty Notices - Non attendance

Handout – Public Health England guidance on infection control in schools

 

Recommended period to be kept away from school

Comments

Rashes and infections

 

 

Chickenpox

Five days from the onset of rash

See: Vulnerable children and female staff – pregnancy

German measles (rubella)

Six days from onset of rash

Preventable by immunisation

Impetigo

Until lesions are crusted and healed, or 48 hours after commencing antibiotic treatment

Antibiotic treatment speeds healing and reduces the infectious period

Measles

Four days from onset of rash

 

Scarlet fever

Child can return 24 hours after commencing appropriate antibiotic treatment

Antibiotic treatment recommended for the affected child

Slapped cheek (fifth disease or parvovirus B19)

None

See: Vulnerable children and female staff – pregnancy

Shingles

Exclude only if rash is weeping and cannot be covered

 

Diarrhoea and vomiting illness

 

 

Diarrhoea and/or vomiting

48 hours from last episode of diarrhoea or vomiting

 

E. coli O157 VTEC

Should be excluded for 48 hours from the last episode of diarrhoea

Further exclusion may be required for young children under five and those who have difficulty in adhering to hygiene practices

Respiratory infections

 

 

Flu (influenza)

Until recovered

See: Vulnerable children

Whooping cough* (pertussis)

5 days from commencing antibiotic treatment, or 21 days from onset of illness if no antibiotic treatment

Preventable by vaccination

Other infections

 

 

Conjunctivitis

None

If an outbreak/cluster occurs, consult the Duty Room

Glandular Fever

None

 

Head lice

None

Treatment is recommended only in cases where live lice have been seen

 

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