Introduction
This policy document was drawn up:
• To ensure and maintain a high level of attendance at school by all pupils.
The Board of Management, in consultation with staff and parents/guardians drew up this
Policy on Attendance.
Rationale
The policy was drafted for the following reasons:
• The Board of Management wishes to comply with legislation, such as:
o The Education Act, 1998
o The Education (Welfare) Act, 2000
• The Board of Management wishes to promote and encourage regular attendance
as an essential factor in our pupils’ learning.
Relationship to the Characteristic Spirit of the School
Scoil Na Coróine Mhuire endeavours to enable every pupil to actively participate in all
school activities. Regular attendance helps to create a stable learning environment for all
pupils, and the school hopes to promote co-operation among pupils, parents/guardians
and staff in maintaining a high level of regular attendance through the school year.
Aims
 To raise awareness of the importance of regular school attendance
• To identify pupils at risk of leaving school early
• To promote and to foster positive attitudes to learning
• To ensure compliance with the requirements of the relevant legislation.
Content
Recording and Reporting of Attendance and Non-Attendance
The school attendance of individual pupils is recorded in the Leabhar Rolla (Roll Book) of
each class on a daily basis. Class attendance data is recorded daily in the Leabhar
Tinrimh (Attendance Book). The annual attendance of each individual pupil is recorded in
the Clár Leabhar (Register), together with information provided in enrolment forms
(Pupil’s Name, Date of Birth, Address, Religion, Parents’ Names and Parents’
Occupations).
If a pupil does not attend on a day when the school is open for instruction, his/her nonattendance
will be recorded by the class teacher. The roll call is taken at 9.40am each
morning. Any pupil not present will be marked absent for the day. The roll book may
not be altered once it has been filled in. A note from parents/guardians is required to
explain each absence. Such notes will be retained by the class teacher.
Parents/guardians must also provide a note if a child departs early during the school day.
Late arrivals and early departures are recorded by the class teacher.
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Parents/guardians are informed in writing on the end of year report of the total number
of absences during the school year. Parent’s of pupils whose non-attendance is a concern
are contacted by the Principal and are informed of the school’s concerns.
The school must inform the Education Welfare Officer in writing, where a child has
missed 20 or more days in a school year, where attendance is irregular, where a pupil is
removed from the school register and where a child is suspended or expelled for 6 days
or more.
Whole School Strategies to Promote Attendance
Scoil Na Coróine Mhuire endeavours to create a safe, welcoming environment for our
pupils and their parents/guardians. Parents/guardians are consulted in drafting and
reviewing policies with the aim of promoting a high-level of co-operation among the
school community. The teaching staff collaborates in the planning and implementation of
the primary school curriculum, so as to provide a stimulating learning environment for all
pupils.
New entrants and their parents/guardians are invited to engage in an induction process,
through which the school’s policies and procedures in relation to attendance are
explained. There is a focus on the value of regular attendance and on the importance of
developing good attendance habits from Junior Infants onwards.
Scoil Na Coróine Mhuire school’s homework policy, clearly outlines the school’s
expectations in terms of the quantity of homework assigned and in the quality of
homework presented. There is a consistent approach to homework throughout the
school.
The calendar for the coming school year is published annually in June and a reminder is
published in September. It is hoped that this approach will enable parents/guardians to
plan family events around school closures, thus minimising the chances of nonattendance
related to family holidays during the school term.
Pupils are expected to wear the correct school uniform.
Parents/guardians are informed if a child has no lunch, and if one cannot be provided for
him/her, the school will provide a sandwich and a drink.
The question of equality of access is addressed through the school’s policy on Equal
Opportunity and Gender Equity.
Communication
The school maintains communication with local pre-schools and second-level schools in
order to make the transition for pupils as easy as possible.
Strategies in the Event of Non-Attendance
Section 17 of the Education (Welfare) Act (2000), states that ‘the parent of a child shall
cause the child concerned to attend a recognised school on each school day’.
Section 21 of the act obliges schools to inform the Education Welfare Officer if a child is
absent on more than 20 days in any school year, or if a child does not attend school on a
regular basis.
In such cases the Education Welfare Officer (following all reasonable efforts by the
Education Board to consult with the child’s parents and the Principal of the school) may
serve a ‘School Attendance Notice’ on any parent who he/she concludes is failing or
neglecting to cause the child to attend the school. A successful case taken against the
parent may result in a fine and/or imprisonment.
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Reasons for absence are recorded and reported to the EWB five times during the school
year through an online system. An annual report is submitted – not more than six weeks
following the end of the school year - detailing the overall level of attendance at the
school during that school year.
Transfer to Another School
Under Section 20 of the Education (Welfare) Act (2000), the Principal of a child’s current
school must notify the Principal of the child’s previous school that the child is now
registered in their school.
When a Principal receives notification that a child has been registered elsewhere he/she
must notify the Principal of the pupil’s new school, of any problems in relation to
attendance at the pupil’s former school and of such matters relating to the child’s
educational progress as he or she considers appropriate. This applies to pupils who
transfer between primary schools and to pupils who transfer from primary to secondlevel
education.
Success Criteria
The following will provide some practical indicators of the success of this policy:
• An increase in annual attendance rates
• Board of Management, Staff and parent/guardian awareness of their legal
obligations under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000
Roles and Responsibilities
It is the responsibility of the Principal and staff to implement this policy under the
guidance of the school’s Board of Management.
Implementation
This policy will be implemented immediately following ratification by the Board of
Management and communication to the Parents’ Association.
Ratification and Review
This policy was reviewed by the Board of Management.
It was ratified by the Board of Management on Date: ___________________
Signed: _____________________________ Chairperson, BoM
The policy was communicated to the Parent Association on ______________________
Signed: _______________________________ Chairperson, PA
Review Date: ____________________________

Policy on Attendance