Attendance Policy


Scoil Naomh Pádraig

 

Attendance Policy

 

 

Introduction:

 

Changing social habits and patterns necessitate the development of the schools attendance policy. The drafting was a collaborative process involving staff and Board of Management.

 

 

Rationale:

 

The main factors contributing to the formulation of a revised policy could be summarised as follows:

  1. The changing fabric of society
  2. The roll of the N.E.W.B.
  3. Levels of disadvantage
  4. Legislative requirements such as the Education Welfare Act 2000
  5. Changing attitudes to education

 

Aims and Objectives:

 

The revised policy is geared towards

  • Encouraging full attendance where possible
  • Identifying pupils at risk
  • Promoting a positive learning environment
  • Enabling learning opportunities to be availed of
  • Raising awareness of the importance of school attendance
  • Fostering an appreciation of learning

 

 

Compliance with School Ethos

 

This policy complements the school ethos of nurturing potential in a caring environment where the welfare of children is paramount.

 

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

 

All staff have an input into the implementation of the policy. Class teachers record individual patterns of attendance and the principal makes returns to N.E.W.B. The Principal has responsibility for maintaining the Leabhair Tinreamh.

 

 

Policy Content:

 

Recording

Individual school attendance is recorded in the Leabhair Rolla of each class and class date is recorded in the Leabhair Tinreamh. All children attending and data on parents are recorded in the school register.

 

A note from parents/guardians is required to cover each absence and these are dated and kept by each class teacher. Parents are made aware of the requirements of the N.E.W.B particularly the bye law relating to absences of more than 20 days per school year.

 

 

School Strategies:

 

  • Traditionally, school attendance is strong in our school and has not been adversely affected by social changes. However, staff remain vigilant so that risk students are identified early. Risk students can be categorised as those who miss more than 5 days in a 20 day period without an accompanying note of explanation from parents/guardians. Appropriate contact takes place between school and parent/guardians either via a letter or note in the homework diary when this occurs. A meeting between parents and Principal may be set up if deemed necessary. Absences of more than 20 days are automatically referred to the Education Welfare Officer.
  • When a child has accumulated 15 days of absence the school informs the parents in writing reiterating the importance of good school attendance and reminding them of the schools duty to report when a student has been absent 20 days or more

 

  • All partial absences are recorded in a log, kept at the school door for parents to sign in/out their children.

 

 

 

Communications with other Schools

 

  • When a child transfers from Scoil Naomh Pádraig to another school, schools records on attendance, academic progress etc will be forwarded on receipt of written notification of the transfer.
  • When a child transfers into Scoil Naomh Pádraig confirmation of transfer will be communicated to the child’s previous school, and appropriate records sought.
  • Records of pupils transferring from Scoil Naomh Pádraig to a Post Primary school will be forwarded on receipt of confirmation of enrolment.

 

 

Communication with Parents

 

The school informs all parents of the implications of non-attendance as per the Education Welfare Act 2000. This information is disseminated by regular school circulars. Parents of new children are informed on enrolment.

 

Promoting Attendance

 

The school promotes good attendance by

  • Creating a safe and welcoming environment
  • Ensuring children are happy
  • Displaying kindness, compassion and understanding
  • Being vigilant so that risks to good attendance such as disadvantage, bullying, etc. are identified early.
  • Rewarding good attendance with certificates.

 

 

National Education Welfare Board

 

The Education Welfare Officer is informed if:

  1. A child is expelled
  2. A child is suspended
  3. A child has missed more than 20 days

 

The N.E.W.B is furnished with the total attendances in the school year through the Annual Report Form which is completed on-line.

 

 

Evaluation:

 

The success of any Attendance policy is measured through

  • Improved attendance levels
  • Happy confident well adjusted children
  • Positive parental feedback
  • Teacher vigilance

 

 

Review/Ratification

 

This policy was adopted by B.O.M on ___________ it will be reviewed regularly and amended if necessary.

 

 

Signed _______________________

(Chairperson)

 

Review _______________________

 

Review _______________________

 

Review_______________________

 

Review _______________________

 

Review _______________________

 

Review_______________________

 

References

 

  1. Don’t let your Child Miss Out – NEWB 2004
  2. Education Welfare Act 2000
  3. Section 29 Education Act
  4. “Empty Desks” – C.D.U. Mary Immaculate