Procedures for reporting an absence from school
At Lampton School a high level of attendance is expected to help our students make consistent progress in their work. The school monitors student attendance thoroughly and where there is a concern will act accordingly. In addition we regard parents as having a very important role to play in ensuring that their sons and daughters attend school regularly and punctually. We have had many enquiries regarding attendance & COVID 19 so we have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions below. Advise from the Government and the NHS is constantly being updated so here are the links to the relevant sites that you may find useful
The procedure for reporting an absence is as follows:
If your child is unwell
- The absence of your son or daughter must be reported to us for each day they are unwell, before 8:30am to ensure that the registers are accurate. This is done by calling Student Support who have a facility for leaving messages if someone is not able to answer the phone. You must state your child’s name, form, the name of the person making the call and the reason for the absence. To contact Student Services you should ring the main school number 0208 538 4704 for years 7-11 and Year 12 & 13 on 020 538 4700 and choose the relevant option as directed in the message.
- On the first day back a note is required from you explaining why your son or daughter was away - this is expected even though a phone call will have been made during his or her absence.
- Medical evidence may be required if your son or daughter has accumulated a number of absences.
If your child has a medical appointment
- Medical, dentist, opticians and similar appointments should always be made outside of school hours. Where this is not possible, the pupil should only be out of school for the minimum amount of time necessary for the appointment.
- Before the appointment, a letter from you must be provided to Student Support stating that your son or daughter will be absent.
- If the appointment is early in the morning, a call should be made to Student Support followed by a letter when your son or daughter returns to school.
- Wherever possible please send your child in to school either side of the medical appointment, your child should only be out of school for the minimum amount of time necessary for the appointment.
Any other absence
For any other type of absence you will need to complete a Leave of Absence form which can be downloaded from the downloads section below. The form should be submitted two weeks prior to any absence.
Leave of Absence forms are needed to request the school to authorise absence for reasons such as music exams, religious observance and certain family occasions. This is not an exhaustive list and leave of absence is granted at the discretion of the Headteacher whose decision is final. Please note Lampton school do not authorised requests to travel abroad during term-time leave, we expect all parents to make their plans within the school holiday dates
Failure to follow these procedures may result in your son or daughter's absence being treated as unauthorised and this will be recorded as such on their attendance record.
All incidents of term-time will be forwarded to the Local Authority and fines may be issued to parents who persistently take their child out of school during term-time.
Persistent absence (or PA) is absence of 9% or more. An individual pupil is deemed to be persistent absentee, therefore if his/her attendance is less than 91% (regardless of whether or not the absences have been authorised) their details will be forwarded to the Local Authtority.
COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
What if a pupil is showing symptoms?
If a pupil is displaying symptoms of the virus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) they will be picked up by a member of staff that is on duty (patrol) and taken to student services to be assessed.
What if a teacher is showing symptoms?
If a teacher is displaying symptoms they will need to get tested and quarantine for 14 days.
Students will not need to be tested or quarantine, as our policy is that staff should stay socially distanced from students and when walking around the classroom they will wear a face covering therefore the virus doesn’t spread.
A sibling or member of the household has symptoms or has tested positive, what should parents do?
If anyone in your household has tested positive or has symptoms please keep your child at home and arrange for a test to be taken. Please inform the school and keep us updated on results.
What measures have the school put in place to keep my child safe?
In every classroom there is hand sanitizer, tissues and anti bacterial wipes to wipe down the surfaces after each lesson. When entering the school canteen, all students must wear a face covering and sanitize their hands before entering.
When is my child required to wear a face covering?
Students are required to wear a face covering in communal areas when mixing with other year groups out of their ‘bubble’, when entering areas outside of their bubble, and in the canteen. Face coverings are optional in lesson. If you wish your child to wear a mask in class please complete the form on the following link https://forms.gle/ijhkKVpikMCc6EfP9
What happens if I do not send my child into school due to fears about Covid?
Although we understand many parents have concerns the Government has made it clear that school attendance is now mandatory. All absence from school will be followed up with parents. Please contact your child’s Head of Year to discuss any concerns in the first instance.
If my child has a negative test after returning from a country on the quarantine list can they return to school without isolating?
Unfortunately not, you must quarantine for 14 days from the day of entry into the UK.
Can my child have access to their schoolwork while we are in quarantine?
Yes work will be set on Google classroom.
Are there some circumstances where pupils cannot attend school due to COVID-19?
- Pupils who are required to self-isolate as they, or a member of their household, has symptoms or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Pupils who are required to self-isolate because they are a close contact of someone who has symptoms or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Pupils who are required by legislation to self-isolate as part of a period of quarantine
- Pupils who are clinically extremely vulnerable
- Fear or anxiety of contracting virus
- Concerns about cases in the local area (unless local lockdown is in place)
- Parent/pupil not accepting safeguards put in place by school
- Parent/pupil only wishing to engage with online learning and refusing to attend on school site.
- Travelling abroad during term-time