Absence & Attendance

Absence

Please contact school each day of your child’s absence. You can do this by Synergy, email or by phoning the school office on 01253 810504. You will be asked to provide a reason for your child’s absence.

Please note: absences are authorised at the discretion of the Headteacher and you may be asked to provide medical evidence.


COVID-19

You must not send your child to school if they are showing any of the following symptoms:

  • New and persistent cough
  • High temperature
  • Loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

These symptoms may indicate COVID-19 infection. You must follow the procedures on testing, Test and Trace and self-isolation contained in https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Any student displaying any of the above symptoms while at school will need to be collected and taken home straight away.  You will then need to book a PCR test to confirm whether they have COVID-19.

If your child tests positive with an LFD test they must self-isolate at home.  You must then book a confirmatory PCR test.  If this confirmatory test is negative they can return to school.

If your child tests positive with a PCR test they must self-isolate at home for a period of 10 days, starting on the day after the onset of symptoms or their initial positive test.  NHS Test and Trace will advise on the exact length of self isolation.

You must inform the school straight away if your child has symptoms or tests positive.  You can do this by phone during school hours or by emailing covid@st-aidans.lancs.sch.uk

Work will be set via Synergy for all students who are self-isolating.  Students are expected to complete this work if they are well enough to do so.

It is no longer necessary to self-isolate because of another family member’s positive test, and children in this position should come to school as normal unless they themselves show symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.


Appointments

Please try to avoid making appointments during the school day where possible, as these can significantly reduce your child’s learning time and impact on their progress.


Holidays

Holidays will not be authorised during school time, in line with government statutory guidelines. All holidays have to be reported to the local education authority, who may choose to issue a fine.


Attendance Matters

At Saint Aidan’s we aim for all of our students to achieve 95% attendance or more. Less than 95% means less chance of success.


Punctuality

Your child must be in their form room when the bell rings at 8.35am. Missed time adds up to lost learning.