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Nottingham Academy

Important advice for Parents regarding attendance

Important information for parents, please read this information from Principal Harry French 

 

 

It has been fantastic welcoming students back into school over the past two weeks.  I have been very impressed with our students’ adaptability to our new way of working within ‘bubbles’ and the introduction of Everyday Expectations and the rapid raising of standards.

Like all schools across the country, we are following closely the Department for Education (DfE) guidance. This ensures that we fulfil our statutory responsibilities, and all critical safety guidelines. The safety of our students and staff is our primary responsibility.

Deciding when to keep your child off school

The number of calls that we are currently receiving from parents/carers has increased significantly. Understandably, these calls are relating to anxieties you may have about sending children into school who may have mild physical symptoms. The following flow-chart could help you in your decision making:

Unnecessary absence impacts on your child’s future

Our expectation is that every child attends school all of the time. Strong attendance at school is directly linked to a child’s success in school. We know that excellent attendance significantly improves progress and attainment. Missing out on more time in the classroom risks your child falling further behind. Those with higher overall absences tend to achieve less well, limiting their future options and opportunities.

Please take note of the impact absence from school has on the number of learning hours missed.

Sessions Missed

Days of School Missed

Missed Learning Hours

3

1.5

7

7

3.5

18

12

6

30

Please update your contact information

It is essential that in an emergency or in the event of closure members of staff can contact you. All students have been issued with data collection sheets. Please can all parents/carers take a moment to update your contact details and return the sheet to the Academy via your child’s Form Tutor without delay.

In the event of Group / Bubble / Academy closure

As we continue to operate under the extreme circumstances created by the global pandemic, there is always the possibility that your child may need to be sent home with short notice.

We intend to keep the academy open, unless directed by Public Health England (PHE), but may have to close a teaching group or individual year group bubble(s) or the Academy should we have any confirmed cases or if staff shortages prohibit the safe running of the academy.

In the event of group, bubble or academy closure:

At the end / before the school day:

  1. Parents/carers will be sent a text message asking you to keep your child at home.
  2. An Email will be sent to parents/carers asking you to keep your child at home.
  3. The Academy website will be updated with closure details and home learning information.
  4. Nottingham City Council will publish closure details on their school emergencies and disruptions portal :https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/emergencies-and-disruption/school-closures
  5. The academy Twitter feed @NottinghamAcad will be updated.

During the school day:

  1. Parents/carers will be sent a text message and EMail explaining that the closure is necessary. You must confirm that your child is safe to leave the academy site with a one word YES / NO response. This will determine if your child is released to return home or will remain at school. If a response is not received your child will remain at school.
  2. The Academy website will be updated with closure details and home learning information.
  3. Nottingham City Council will publish closure details on their school emergencies and disruptions portal :https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/emergencies-and-disruption/school-closures
  4. The academy Twitter feed @NottinghamAcad will be updated

Before your child leaves the academy site they will be provided with a work pack that mirrors learning that is planned for this term, however from the first full day of closure your child’s teachers will commence delivery of online learning via Microsoft Teams and other specialist online resources. Further guidance will be sent to parents in the coming days and in the event of closure.

Your frustrations and concerns about mixed messaging in the wider media are understood, and it is clear from conversations that parents/carers are very much wanting to do the right thing by getting their child into school.

Thank you to all parents for continuing to support the academy and academy staff so that we can work to provide the best possible educational experience for our students.