Parents - this section will be everything you need to know regarding your child's attendance at school.
Welsh Government Guidelines state children should have a minimum of 95% attendance.
If your child is unwell - please contact the school office on 02920 360340 at the earliest convenience so we can authorise the illness.
If you can't phone - please send a note in the next day to explain the absence.
As a cluster of schools in East Cardiff we have a Attendance Policy (see the Policies section)
Please see Mrs Chloe Ford or Mrs O our family engagement officer if you require any further information on taking your child on holiday during term time. Parents do not have an automatic right to take their children out of school during term time and permission must be sought, prior to a holiday, from the Head Teacher.
If your child is going to be late to school for any reason, please sign them in at the front office so that they can receive their attendance mark. If they are late due to a medical appointment please bring evidence of the appointment. This will then be photocopied and filed to correspond with their attendance record.
How Attendance is Monitored at Meadowlane Primary School
Mrs O and Mrs Johnson at the office look at children's attendance every morning. Below is a guide as to how we monitor attendance as a school and the steps we use to help improve attendance.
1. If a child is off and the absence is not reported - a phone call home is made to check on the child. This helps us to know whether children are ill and we can authorise the absence. If your child is not going to be in school due to illness please do contact us at the first instance.
2. If there are 10 sessions (5 days) missed with no phone call to explain, a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued of £60. These days can be over a half term, they don't have to be in 1 week.
3. If a child's attendance falls below 95%, they flag up on our computer system and you will be given a 'First Stage Concern' letter. This is to let you know of the drop in attendance. Your child's attendance and lateness will then be monitored for 3 weeks.
4. If after 3 weeks there is no improvement, you will be issued a 'Second Stage Concern' letter - this letter will invite you to come in and chat with Mrs O and Miss Woodward as to why your child isn't in school. Attendance is then monitored for a further 3 weeks.
5. If no improvement is made after the first and second stage concern letters - an appointed visit with our Education Welfare officer will be arranged and you will have to attend. Attendance is then monitored for 2 weeks and an agreement is signed that you will get your child to school on time, every day.
6. If this fails and no improvement is made, a referral to the Education Welfare Sevice will be made - this is a step we don't want our parents to get to as this is where court proceedings will be taken.
If you have any questions with regards to this process - please come in and speak to Mrs O who will be happy to help you.
100% Attendance Trip
No trip has been planned at present due to Covid 19.
Class Attendance Information - We will be anouncing class attendances weekly via our website and schoop. The class with the highest weekly attendance receives the attenance trophy for that week. The class with the Highest attendance at the end of each half term gets to chose a day when they do not need to wear school uniform.
Reception Children are not counted in our official figures as most of the children are under 5 - Once children reach the age of 5 they are counted in our figures, and can also receive a Fixed Penalty Notice should they miss 10 unauthorised sessions.
There are no attendance figures at present due to Covid 19.
Hopefully by looking at these figures you will see how important it is for your child to be in school every day.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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