Coronavirus Related Absences

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)


However please note the following changes to Government guidance:


  • From 19 July, pupils who are a close contact of another pupil who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace. You must still report a positive result to the school and your child must self-isolate as directed if they are positive, but the school will not be managing the identification of close contacts for Self-Isolation, this will be done by NHS Test and Trace.

  • From 16 August, pupils who are identified as a close contact by NHS Test and Trace should get a PCR test. Close contacts do not need to self-isolate while waiting for their result. If they receive a positive PCR result, they must self-isolate.

  • Whilst close contacts are not required to self-isolate while waiting for their result, as a precaution, we are asking parents to keep their child at home until the result of the PCR test is known.