Attendance During Covid-19

Attendance during the coronavirus outbreak

The Department for Education has provided information to support parents and carers work in close partnership with St Anne’s to secure regular school attendance from September 2020.

We have provided a summary of the key points below:

Attendance at school

  • It is vital that all our students return to school – for their educational progress, for their wellbeing, and for their wider development.
  • School attendance is mandatory (compulsory) from the beginning of the new academic year in September 2020.
  • This means that it is the legal duty of parents/carers to send their child (if they are of compulsory school age) to school regularly (every day).
  • Local authorities and schools have a range of legal powers to enforce attendance if a child or young person misses school without a valid reason.
  • If you have concerns about your child returning to school because you consider they may have other risk factors, you should discuss these with us.
  • We will explain the ways we have changed things to reduce risks and keep everyone safe.

Self-isolation and shielding


A small number of students may be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they:

  • are self-isolating
  • have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves
  • are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19)

If your child is unable to attend school for these reasons, we will support them with remote education so they can continue learning at home.


Shielding advice for all adults and children was paused from 1 August 2020. This means that children and young people can return to school or college if they:

  • are on the shielded patient list
  • have family members who are shielding

See the guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable for the current advice.

Students under the care of a specialist health professional may need to discuss their care with their health professional before returning to school. This should usually be at their next planned clinical appointment. Parents/carers should inform school as soon as possible of the outcomes of such appointments.

If children are not able to attend school because they are following clinical and/or public health advice, you will not be penalised but parents/carers should provide medical evidence to school as soon as possible. School can support by liaising with the school nurse service if appropriate.


As usual, you should plan your holidays within school holidays. Parents/carers should avoid seeking permission to take your children out of school during term time. St Anne’s will not authorise routine family holidays during term time.

Parents/carers should keep in mind that you and your children may need to self-isolate when you return from a trip overseas. This applies if you holiday in, or travel through, a non-exempt country. A non-exempt country or territory is any country or territory that is not on the travel corridors list.

Please see ‘Holidays during term time’ for more information.

Please see ‘What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term’ for the full government guidance on attendance to school from September 2020.

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