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Attendance Questions and Answers

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  • 1. For what reasons, apart from illness, can an absence from school be authorised? • Family holiday • Birthday • Buying school shoes

    None of these are correct. All of them would be unauthorised absence.

  • 2. 95% attendance over a school year is: • One day off each week • One day off every two weeks • One day off a month

    One day off a month.  90% would mean one day off every fortnight. Would an employer accept this level of absence?

  • 3. Does a late arrival count as an absence? • No, only if a child missing a whole morning or afternoon • Yes, even if they are 5 minutes late • Yes, if they arrive after the registers close

    Yes, after the register closes (9.30am)

  • 4. If the child is late because of a medical appointment, would this count as an absence? • No, as long as school sees the appointment letter • Yes if they arrive after 9.30am • No, unless they miss the whole morning or afternoon

    Yes, if they arrive after 9.30am. Even when you inform school about every appointment it is still classed as an “authorised medical absence”. This is why we ask for appointments to be arranged outside of school hours whenever possible.

  • 6. If your family has an unauthorised holiday of 5 days what will happen? • Parents will be fined £60 per child per parent • Nothing, we are allowed family holidays up to 10 days in term time • It depends whether we asked permission or not

    Parents will be fined £60 per child per parent (increasing to £120 if not paid within 28 days) So, if there are 2 parents and you have 3 children, the fine would be £360, increasing to £720 if not paid within 28 days. The policy within Kirklees is that no term time holidays will be authorised.

  • 5. If your child’s attendance is 90% or less every year of their compulsory education what does this mean? • They miss 9 months of school • They miss over a year of school • They miss 2 years of school

    They miss over a year of school (90% means 19 days lost each year – there are 190 school days in a year)

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