This strategy applies to the students, staff and parents of Presentation Secondary School and relates to all aspects of school attendance and punctuality. This strategy was drawn up in consultation with all the school partners, including the Board of Management, staff, parents and students.
Presentation School is a girls’ secondary school, which is based on the vision of Nano Nagle of bringing God’s love to all people and is dedicated to an all round Christian education based on Gospel values.
To further these aims we envisage the development of a community wherein –
The Presentation Secondary School Attendance Policy involves helping each student develop to her full potential, both socially and educationally. In Presentation Secondary School we believe this can only happen where each student is encouraged to attend punctually every day.
In Presentation Secondary School we have identified attendance and punctuality as an area of focus. This strategy is intended to foster a good mature attitude towards attendance and punctuality.
Through implementation of this strategy Presentation Secondary School expects to:
5.1 National Educational Welfare Board
Under legislation every child must attend school regularly up to sixteen years of age or complete at least three years education in a post primary school; whichever comes later. The National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) was established to support school attendance and follow up on children who are not attending school regularly.
As a parent you must notify the school if your child is absent and the reason why. It is school policy that explanations must be given in writing. The school will notify the Educational Welfare Board if a child is absent for 20 days or more or where the absence gives rise for concern. This is outlined below:
5.2 The Education (Welfare) Act 2000, Section 18
Where a child is absent from the school at which he or she is registered during part of the school day, or for a school day or more than a school day, the parent of such child shall, in accordance with procedures specified in the Code of Behav iour, prepared by the school under section 23, notify the Principal of the school of the reasons for the child’s absence.
5.3 The Education (Welfare) A ct 2000, Section 21 (4)
The Principal of the school concerned shall inform, by notice of writing to the Educational Welfare Officer,
1) A student is suspended from a recognised school for a period of not less than 6 days.
2) The aggregate number of school day s on which a student is absent from a recognised
school during a school year is not less than 20 days.
Presentation Secondary School recognises the importance of good attendance and punctuality.
Regular or prolonged absences will have a negative impact on a student’s learning and
development and therefore should be avoided whenever possible. The school has an Attendance Strategy in place, the aim of which is to promote good attendance in the school. Poor punctuality has a similarly negative impact on the learning of the student, and has the further effect of disrupting the class into which the student is arriving late. The guidelines below should be adhered to by all students.
1. The school day begins at 9.00a.m. Students are expected to be in their classrooms by 8.55 a.m.
Lunch is from 12.35 p.m. to 1.20 p.m. and students are expected to be in their classrooms by 1.15 p.m. upon their return from lunch. Time in between lessons should only be used to prepare for the next lesson.
2. Students who arrive late to school in the morning (after 9.00a.m.) and the afternoon (after 1.20 p.m.) must report to the office and sign in.
3. When a student is absent, the student must present an absence note to their class teachers on the day they return to school.
4. Teachers must put the absence note into the respective year file in the staff room at 3.36 pm on the day of the student’s return to school.
5. A student may not leave school during the school day without permission;
a. If a student needs to attend an appointment, she must present an appointment slip or note at the office and sign out.
b. On return the same day, the student must sign back in at the office.
c. If a student leaves school and does not return on the same day, an absence note is required on return to school.
d. If a student has no note she may not leave school without the permission of the Principal or Deputy Principal.
e. Any contact with parents/guardians in relation to leaving school must be made through the office.
Students will receive sanctions for unexcused absences and lateness in accordance with the Presentation Secondary School Code of Behaviour.
1. Pupils should go to and return from these classes in an orderly and prompt manner.
2. Students must respect the authority of the Principal and teachers of St. Patrick’s Secondary School.
3. Attendance at classes in St. Patrick’s Secondary School will be recorded and monitored on a weekly basis by the Year Head.
Presentation Secondary School will recognise students’ who achieve full attendance in the school year by presenting the students with a certificate of full attendance.
7.1 Disciplinary actions consistent with the Code of Behaviour will be imposed by the Principal, Deputy and Year Heads for unexcused absences. Individual class teachers will impose sanctions for lateness consistent with the Code of Behaviour.
The remaining content of this policy outlines in detail the whole school approach to the following attendance and punctuality procedures:
Presentation Secondary School acknowledges the contribution of all members of the school community in the implementation of this Attendance and Punctuality Strategy.
8.1 PRINCIPAL AND DEPUTY PRINCIPAL
8.2 Year Head
8.3 CLASS TEACHER
Ratification by BOM October 2013
Review of this policy to take place in September 2015