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Pupil Attendance

 

Pupil Attendance

Section 30 of the 1980 Education Act lays a duty on every parent/carer of a child or young
person of “school age” to ensure that their child attends school regularly. Attendance must
be recorded twice a day, morning and afternoon.
 
Regulation 7 of The Education (School and Placing Information) (Scotland) Amendment,
etc. Regulations 1993 requires each child’s absence from school to be recorded in
the school register as authorised: e.g. approved by the authority, or unauthorised:
e.g. unexplained by the parent/carer (truancy) or excluded from school.
 
Parents and carers should be asked to inform the school by letter or phone, if their child is
likely to be absent for some time, and to give the child a note on his or her return to school,
confirming the reason for absence.
Parents/Carers do not have an automatic right to take their child out of school without permission
during term-time. The Head of Establishment can only authorise time off during term-time in
exceptional circumstances.
 
Exceptional circumstances include:
• short-term parental/carer placement abroad;
• family returning to its country of origin for family reasons;
• the period immediately after an illness or accident;
• a period of serious or critical illness of a close relative;
• a domestic crisis which causes serious disruption to the family home,
causing temporary relocation.
 
Time off during term-time for the following reasons is not acceptable and will be recorded as
unauthorised absence:
• Availability of cheap holidays or desired accommodation;
• Holidays which overlap the beginning or end of term.
Clearly with no explanation from the parent or carer, the absence is unauthorised
 
It should be noted that the Education Liaison Officer investigates unexplained absence, and that the authority has the power to write to, interview or prosecute parents, or to refer pupils to the Reporter of the Children’s Hearings, if necessary. Parents are asked to inform the school by letter or telephone, if their child is likely to be absent for some time, and to give the child a note on his or her return to school, confirming the reason for absence.
 
If no contact is made from the home to explain a child’s absence, then a member of the office staff will contact parents for an explanation. If your child arrives late at school they should be signed in the late book at the reception area to avoid the school having to make a call.
Attendance statistics for the most recent school year are at the back of the handbook.
 
 
Children Absent From School

For the safety and security of children, can parents please phone the school before 9.15 a.m. if your child will be late coming to school or absent. If we are not informed, and your child is absent, the school will call parents to determine the whereabouts of the child.   Our school phone does not display our telephone number when calling and as a lot of house phones will not accept these calls, could you please give us a telephone/mobile number that we can contact in case of emergency, if this applies to you.

Attendance Letters
 
In accordance with the Glasgow City Council School Attendance Policy, letters will be issued at the end of every month to any child whose absence is below our attendance target. These are printed out electronically and parents/guardians will be asked to complete a tear-off slip giving reasons for all absences even though you contacted the school at the time.