Attendance Policy

Aims
In Scoil Chaitríona Baggot Street, our children, parents, staff and the Board of Management work together to provide a warm, respectful, welcoming and inclusive school. These characteristics underpin our school’s approach to teaching and learning and our wish that every child reaches his or her true potential.

In so far as possible, we aim to have full attendance from all of our pupils.

Rational

This Policy has been created based on consultation with our parents/guardians, staff and Board of Management. An open meeting was held on May 29th 2015 so that all parents/guardians were given an opportunity to give their points of view.

Based on the above consultation, as well as addressing Attendance, this Policy also takes the following areas into account:

The resulting Policy is operational from the start of the 2015/2016 school year.

Background

The Education (Welfare) Act 2000 provides a framework whereby school attendance can be dealt with by law. It also emphasises the promotion of school attendance, participation and retention for all children.

As a result of the Act, the National Education Welfare Board (NEWB) was established and appointed Education Welfare Officers. Since January 2014, TUSLA, the Child and Family Agency now operates the Educational Welfare Services in accordance with the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000.

Attendance

Under the regulations of the Act, the school is required to:
• Keep a record of pupils’ attendance
• Submit the names of all pupils who miss 20 or more days from school and the reasons why to TUSLA
• Keep a written record of pupils’ absences


Under the regulations of the Act, parents/guardians are required to:

• Send their children to school each day
• Notify the school, in writing, of the reason for a child’s absence.

Absences are reported to TUSLA using the following categories:

– A Illness
– B Urgent Family Reasons (eg: Bereavement)
– C Expelled
– D Suspended
– E Other (eg: Holidays, Religious Observance, Emigration)
– F Unexplained
– G Transfer to another school (written confirmation received from other school)

Promoting Full Attendance

In Scoil Chaitríona Baggot Street, we promote and encourage full attendance by using the following strategies and measures:

Absences

 

 

Punctuality

 

Early Collection/Early Leaving

Supervision of Children Before School

Supervision of Children After School

Collection

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