Attendance Policy

With the introduction of the new Welfare Act in relation to attendance and an overall desire for improved attendance, the need for such a policy was identified.

Relationship to Characteristic Spirit of the School:

In co-operation with parents, we strive to help each pupil achieve his/her full potential, and so we will promote a positive attitude towards good attendance and punctuality.

Aims:

•    A positive attitude among children, towards coming to school.
•    To discourage non-attendance for trivial reasons.
•    To ensure all absences are explained by means of a note from parents/guardians.

Guidelines and Procedures:

Individual teachers encourage good attendance and all absences are explained with notes, written by parents in the homework journal.

Good attendance is rewarded by the class teacher, through such incentives as treat days or during assemblies with student of the week trophies.

Record – Keeping

•    Attendance records are kept through roll-books.
•    Teachers are responsible for recording attendances.
•    Teachers are responsible for recording absences and retaining notes to inform the principal and H.S.C.L. re: frequent absentees.
•    Parents to be informed by note/phone if absences are persistent and unexplained.
•    Homework journals should be used to correspond with parents/teachers.
•    Parents are informed immediately (by the principal or school secretary), if for some reason a child “runs away / leaves” the school during school hours. Circumstances surrounding the “departure” to be documented by teacher/Principal.

Encouraging Attendance:

Parents should be informed of up to-date changes in the Welfare Act regarding pupils who are absent for 20 days or more. They should be notified if there is a concern regarding their attendance and if the child has missed a large number of days.

Principal and H.S.C.L. teacher are informed by teachers re: non-attendees or frequent absentees.

Teachers complete the attendance record for NEWB figures, which is collected by the principal and stored in the office. Absences are counted and where a pattern, or significant number, of absences exits, the principal contacts the family and/or the Education Welfare Officer.

School Hours:

School opening hours are 9.20 am. – 3 pm. senior pupils and 9.20 a.m. – 2pm infants.
Break-time: 11.00am. – 11.10am.   Lunchtime: 12.30pm. – 100 p.m.

Following the September staff meeting our yearly calendar is communicated to parents at the beginning of each school year

Punctuality:

Children are rewarded for punctuality through treat days organised by the class teacher or during assemblies with student of the week trophies.

Children at Risk:

These children are brought to the attention of Principal, by class teacher. Parents to be questioned / consulted re: absences.
The Principal will consult with parents and/or relevant agencies as appropriate.

Reporting Attendance levels:

Individual teachers calculate attendances. This information is communicated to Principal and passed on the Board of Management.

Action Plan:

Parents are informed about the attendance policy and encouraged to ensure their children are attending school as much as possible and also that the children are punctual.

Board of Management to oversee running of policy and its implementation
School ensures it will adhere to new law governing school attendance (20 days etc).
Teachers encourage attendance and inform Principal and parents of persistent absences.
School Organisation – individual class rolls are kept by teachers and numbers are sent to the office daily.

Outside Organisations: –    visits by school attendance officer
collaboration with HSL teacher

Success Criteria:

Good attendance means that aims that have been outlined are achieved.
Teachers will notice more continuity within school curriculum.
Effective policy making and implementation highlighted by improved overall school attendance.

Assessment of success of this policy will be through staff feedback.

Roles and Responsibility:

Development: whole-staff “input” into initial policy.
Parents are informed of such policies within school.
All pupil absences figures to be returned to school secretary to be sent away to the N.E.W.B.

Responsibility for Review:

All staff members Scoil Iosef Naofa.

 


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