Coronavirus Related Absences

School attendance is mandatory for all pupils from 8 March.

The usual rules on school attendance apply, including:

  • parents’ duty to secure their child’s regular attendance at school (where the child is a registered pupil at school and they are of compulsory school age)

  • the ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct

Schools are responsible for recording attendance, following up absence and reporting children missing education to the local authority.


Self-isolation and shielding

A small number of pupils will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice to self-isolate because they:

• have symptoms or have had a positive test result

• live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive and are a household contact

• are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)


We know from growing evidence that many children identified at the start of the pandemic as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) are not at increased risk of serious outcomes from coronavirus (COVID-19) and children are gradually being removed from the shielding patient list (SPL) as appropriate, following review with a clinician.


The advice for pupils who have been confirmed as clinically extremely vulnerable is to shield and stay at home as much as possible until further notice. They are advised not to attend school while shielding advice applies nationally. If this applies to your child we request that you send us a copy of the shielding letter sent to CEV children, to confirm that they are advised not to attend school or other educational settings whilst shielding guidance is in place.