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COVID-19 Attendance Guidance


Please see guidance on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, which includes information about pupil attendance.

Virus Guidance

Schools and parents should refer to the latest information and advice from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England to get the most up to date guidance as things develop: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public


Education Guidance

The Government has published guidance for schools and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The following link will take you to that advice: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19


This includes advice on:

  • how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections - including COVID-19;
  • what to do if someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 has been in a school or other educational setting;
  • what advice to give to individuals who have travelled from specified countries or areas within the last 14 days (including school trips)


Attendance Recording

Where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as normally would happen, the pupil should be recorded as absent in the attendance register and the school will authorise the absence.

Code I (Illness) should be used in this instance.


Where a pupil is in self-isolation and the school has medical evidence to show that this is necessary, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the pupil should be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance register.  The school can send work home for the child to complete, as with other medical cases.

Code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) should be used in this instance.


It is understood that some families may choose to self-isolate as a protective factor. Head Teachers will need to make an informed decision based upon the individual circumstance as they would usually do when a parent decides not to send their child into school; in line with their attendance policy. Parents must be advised that where they are not sending their child to school to ‘self-isolate’ they should not be seen in other public places. Where there is no medical evidence of the need to self-isolate, and schools do not wish to agree exceptional circumstances, schools should record as an unauthorised absence.

Code O (Unauthorised absence)  should be used in this instance.

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