Clackmannanshire Council is committed to working with parents, children and other agencies to ensure that all children enrolled at its schools attend regularly.
All children are likely to be absent from school at some time in their school career. However, persistent poor attendance is disruptive to the individual and to the work of the class and may be an early warning of other difficulties.
The Council’s and school’s staff overwhelming concern is for the welfare of children. Parents who fail to secure an adequate education for their children, for example by failing to secure regular attendance, are in violation of their statutory duty.
The procedures that the Council and school have put in place are aimed at ensuring the welfare of all children. Parents are asked to help by co-operating with these procedures.
Clackmannanshire Council actively discourages taking children out of school during term-time for family holidays because of the disruption that it causes to the education of individuals and class groups. Schools cannot give parents permission to do this and, except in the most exceptional of circumstances, such absences will be treated as unauthorised. However, it is helpful for schools to know of such absences in advance and schools may be able to offer advice to you on projects that your child can undertake while on holiday that will promote learning while your child is out of school.
If, on occasion, your child is late for school, please send a note of explanation with your child. After 9.00am the only entrance to school is via the main entrance. Late arrivals are recorded in the School Late Arrivals Log. The school will report persistent absences and late coming to the Attendance Officer.
Absence from School
Whenever your child is absent from school, a telephone call, before 9.30am, on the first day of absence is required, as this helps us to closely monitor absences and to help ensure that every child is safe. A note can also be sent to school explaining the reason for absence. Failure to supply a written note or verbal explanation may result in the absence being treated as unauthorised.