We would like to pass on the very latest guidance from the DfE regarding recording attendance. This guidance was updated yesterday to make changes in advance of 8th March when children return to School.
- The Schools Coronavirus (COVID-19) Operational Guidance has been updated. Page 34 of this guidance states the following, but please look at the guidance by following the link to ensure that you are aware of all changes.
You should record attendance in accordance with the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 (as amended) for all pupils.
During the week commencing 8 March secondary school pupils will be offered asymptomatic testing on site. Schools should use code Y for secondary pupils not expected to be attending school for lessons during this week due to the asymptomatic testing programme.
You should use code X if a child is self-isolating or quarantining because of coronavirus (COVID-19) in accordance with relevant legislation or guidance published by PHE or the DHSC. We will review and provide further advice to schools in due course on what should be included in pupils’ attendance records in end of year reports.”
- The How to complete the educational setting status form has also been updated and contains a link to the List of Sub-Codes which shows when and how to use them. These sub-codes are installed by applying Workstation Patch No. 3 as set out in our previous email and although not mandatory, should make it easier to analyse absences related to the coronavirus and complete the daily attendance form.