Covid Absences and Attendance
In accordance with DfE guidance absence due to covid is recorded as follows:
Attendance is mandatory. The usual rules on attendance continue to apply, including:
- parents’ duty to ensure that their child of compulsory school age attends regularly at the school where the child is a registered pupil
- schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence
- the ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices, in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct
- the duty on local authorities to put in place arrangements for identifying, and to follow up with, children missing education
Not attending in circumstances relating to COVID-19
In line with our transition to living with COVID-19, we no longer advise schools to record pupils who do not attend for reasons related to COVID-19 using Code X. Pupils with symptoms of COVID-19 are no longer advised to get a test, and most of the scenarios that this category was brought in to record no longer apply.
Pupils who have symptoms or a positive test for COVID-19
Pupils who have symptoms of COVID-19 should follow the latest government guidance about when they should stay at home.
Where a pupil is not attending because they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had a positive test, schools should record this using Code I (illness) unless another more appropriate code applies.
Schools may continue to use the sub-code (I02) to record illness due to suspected COVID-19 although they are not required to.
As a school we are continuing to use the I02 sub-code, however this is unfortunately is not visible when the attendance certificates are produced. Please be assured that the reasons for absence are meticulously recorded and, as long as the positive result has been reported to school, this is reflected on your childs attendance records.