INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM THE DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION
We have updated our advice on how schools should record absence. You may find the following information helpful.
Schools and parents should refer to the latest information and advice from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England to get the most up to date guidance from Government. https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
The Government has published guidance for schools and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The following link will take you to that advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19
An email was sent to schools this afternoon that included the following advice, this will be updated as and when necessary.
Where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as normally would happen, the pupil should be recorded as absent in the attendance register and the school will authorise the absence. Code I (Illness) should be used in this instance.
Where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the pupil should be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance register. Code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) should be used in this instance.
Where a pupil does not attend school and is not self-isolating, the pupil will be recorded as absent. We back headteachers judgement and to be pragmatic – having spoken to parents - on whether to authorise such absence, taking into account individual circumstances. We expect, in particular, headteachers will authorise absence where a pupil is not able to attend because of an underlying health condition that means they, or a family member in their household, are particularly vulnerable to the virus.
Policy Advisor – School Attendance Policy Team
Behaviour, Attendance, Exclusions and Alternative Provision Division (BAEA)