of the attendance policy in Gaelscoil Chluain Meala are to:
(1) encourage pupils to attend school regularly and punctually.
(2) share the promotion of school attendance amongst all in the school
(3) inform the school community of its role and responsibility as outlined
in the Act.
(4) identify pupils who may be at risk of developing school attendance
(5) ensure that the school has procedures in place to promote attendance/participation.
(6) develop, subject to available resources, links between the school and
the families of children who may be at risk of developing attendance problems.
(7) Identify and remove, insofar as is practicable, obstacles to school
The school will ensure that:
· The importance of school attendance is promoted throughout the school.
· Pupils are registered accurately and efficiently.
· Pupil attendance is recorded daily.
· Parents or guardians are contacted when reasons for absences are
unknown or have not been communicated.
· Pupil attendance and lateness is monitored.
· School attendance statistics are reported as appropriate to:
· The Education Welfare Board.
· The Education Welfare Officer
· The Board of Management
is open from 8:45 a.m. and children are required to be in their classrooms not
later than 9:05 a.m.. All pupils and teachers are expected to be on time. The school will contact parents/guardians in
the event of pupils being consistently late.
The Principal is obliged under The Act, to report children who are
persistently late, to the Education Welfare Board.
Guidance for Parents
[(21) (9)] of the Act states that: “a pupil’s absence can only be authorised by
the Principal when the child is involved in activities organised by the school
or in which the school is involved”. The
school principal cannot authorise a child’s absence for holidays during school
time. However, it is essential that
parents inform the school of such arrangements.
Reasons for pupils’ absences must be communicated in writing, by
parents/guardians to the school and will be retained by the school. To
facilitate this, we ask that such communications be recorded in the relevant
pages at the back of the homework diary, or in the case of the infant classes on
a separate page or sheet of paper. If a child is absent, when the child returns to school s/he should give/send
a written note to the class teacher which contains the child’s name, the dates
of absence and the reason for the absence. These notes will form a record which
may be inspected by the Education Welfare Officer on a visit to the
school. The school will contact parents
when a written explanation for the child’s absence is not received by the
Parents/guardians can promote good school attendance
regular and punctual school attendance.
the School if their children cannot attend for any reason.
with the School and education welfare service to resolve any attendance
· Making sure their children understand that parents support approve of school
· Discussing planned absences with the school.
· Refraining, if at all possible, from taking holidays during school time
· Showing an interest in their children’s school day and their children’s
· Encouraging them to participate in school activities.
· Praising and encouraging their children’s achievements.
· Instilling in their children, a positive self-concept and a positive
sense of self-worth.
· Informing the school in writing of the reasons for absence from school.
· Ensuring, insofar as is possible, that children’s appointments (with
dentists etc), are arranged for times
outside of school hours.
· Contacting the school immediately,
if they have concerns about absence or other related school matters.
· Notifying, in writing, the school if their
child/children, particularly children in junior classes, are to be
collected by someone not known to the teacher.
Pupils have the clear responsibility to attend school regularly and
Pupils should inform staff if there is a problem that may lead to their
responsible for promptly passing on absence notes from parents to their class
responsible for passing school correspondence to their parents, on the specified
A strategy for promoting good school attendance
Board of Management is committed to providing a positive school atmosphere
which is conducive to promoting good school attendance. In this regard:
· The school curriculum, insofar as is practicable, is flexible and
relevant to the needs of the individual child.
· The school will promote development of good self-concept and self-worth
in the children.
· Support for pupils, who have special educational needs, are in place in
accordance with Department of Education & Science guidelines.
· Internal communication procedures are in place
to inform teachers of the special needs of pupils.
· The assistance of the Education Welfare
Officer will be utilised.
· The attendance rates of pupils will be
monitored by the class teacher in the first instance, and the class teacher
will notify the Principal of any concerns regarding the attendance of any
· Pupils with a poor attendance record will,
insofar as is practicable, be supported in an effort to improve their
School Principal will:
· Ensure that the school register of pupils is maintained in accordance
Deputy Principal will:
· Inform the Education Welfare Officer:
· If a pupil is not attending school regularly.
· When a pupil has been absent for 20 or more days during the course of a
· If a pupil has been suspended for a period of six or more days.
· When a pupil’s name is removed from the school register.
· Inform parents of a decision to contact the Education Welfare Officer of concerns
regarding a pupil.
· Insofar as is practicable, promote the importance of good school
attendance among pupils, parents and staff
class teacher will:
· Maintain the school roll-book in accordance with procedure.
· Keep a record of explained and unexplained absences.
· Contact parents in instances where absences are not explained in
Encourage pupils to attend regularly and
· Inform the Principal of concerns s/he may have regarding the attendance
of any pupil.
Subject to the restrictions of the Data
Protection Act attendance, behaviour and academic records of children who transfer to
another primary school will be passed to the Principal of the school, by post,
as soon as we receive written notification of transfer.
Attendance, behaviour and academic records of children who transfer
from another primary school will be sought
directly from the previous school.
Attendance, behaviour and academic records of pupils transferring to a
second level school will be sent to the school, if requested, once enrolment
has been confirmed.
by Board of Management on May 9th
Signed: Seán Ó Ciardha
(Chairperson, Board of Management)