Attendance Policy Addendum and Absence reporting

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please visit the schools website to view our Attendance Policy Addendum which we have had to add to our school Attendance Policy in order to ensure we meet Department for Education Guidelines. https://www.purbeck.dorset.sch.uk/information/policies/

Due to current safety guidelines, we are only able to start welcoming back those students who are currently in Year 10, 12, those who are children of Critical/Key Workers or classed as vulnerable.

If your child falls into one of these groups, please can I emphasise the following Absence Reporting which will be in place until the end of the Summer Term.

If you have not told us that you require a space and your child can be safely working from home, then you should continue to keep your child at home until we are able to re-open for larger numbers of students.

Protocol for absence reporting:

If you have confirmed that your child will not be attending for the rest of the term, then there is no need to contact us each day. If you have not yet informed us of this then please do so as soon as possible by emailing the school office office@purbeck.dorset.sch.uk.

If you have confirmed that your child will be coming back into school, but they are unwell through normal illness or because they or a member of the household are self-isolating/shielding with Covid-19, please contact the school office at office@purbeck.dorset.sch.uk and report their absence and giving a reason. It would be helpful if you could please indicate how long you expect them to be absent for.

If you are a Key Worker and have notified us of the days you require us to provide a space for your child, please do let us know if for any reason, they will not be in school on the agreed day. If your working pattern changes, please email office@purbeck.dorset.sch.uk with the days that you require a space as soon as you are able to do so.

For the rest of this term, please do not use the absence line to report illness as we are unable to monitor this throughout the day.

Parents who have provided no reason for absence will be contacted by the school by text message to establish the current situation and so that we can enter the appropriate mark accordingly. If office staff are unable to make contact, a member of the Pastoral Team will attempt to contact home to conduct a welfare check. If there is no contact following welfare checks being attempted, a Designated Safeguarding Lead will take a view as to whether to escalate the concern to Children’s Services or Dorset Safer Schools Team (Dorset Police) who may conduct a Home Visit on behalf of the school.

The Purbeck School is required by the Department for Education, to report all attendance and absences each day by 12pm therefore we would ask that all absences are reported by 9.30 am.

DFE have confirmed that all absences will be authorised and there will be no formal action for parents who choose not to send their children to school during the Summer term.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss your child attendance.

With Best Wishes

Mark Lawson
Safeguarding  & Attendance Lead
MLawson@purbeck.dorset.sch.uk

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