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25th March 2020
Please click here for our most recent letter to parents and carers dated 25th March 2020.
We all have our part to play in helping to stop the spread of Coronavirus. This means we must stay at home to protect the NHS and help save lives.
Community Classrooms for vulnerable students and key workers’ children
Parents should keep children at home wherever possible and thanks to everyone across our community who has followed that advice. The fewer children making the journey to school and the fewer children in our Community Classrooms, the lower the risk of the virus spreading.
The purpose of our Community Classroom is to provide care for the children of key workers and children who are vulnerable. Only children in these categories can attend. Information on the list of key workers is here.
Any parents who meet the criteria and who want their children to attend the Community Classroom must let us know, giving details, otherwise we cannot guarantee places.
We will ask parents on a weekly basis to re-confirm if they want to continue using the Community Classroom in school.
We are working to maintain as much stability for the students’ education as possible. Whilst it is not possible to fully replicate the educational experience at home, we are putting in place plans to make sure students can still access work and teachers are able to support their learning. Learning resources for each year group have been posted on our website https://charteracademy.org.uk/home-learning-1 and you and your children can email our staff for support. Staff email addresses can be found https://charteracademy.org.uk/staff
We will update this page and keep in touch with parents and students via our website, texts and letters.
Please continue to follow health guidance.
Thank you to everyone for your understanding during these challenging times and a heartfelt thanks to our NHS and key workers who are working so hard to look after us all.
If you need to contact the school, please phone 02392824204 and leave a voicemail. Voicemails are being forwarded to the relevant member of staff. Alternatively you can email email@example.com.
STAY HOME, PROTECT THE NHS, SAVE LIVES
This is an unsettling and disruptive time for everyone and we will work together as a school and local community to face the challenging times ahead. Thank you for your support and understanding during these exceptional circumstances. If we can do anything more to help your family, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Miss School, Miss Out - PCC Attendance Campaign
Miss School, Miss Out!
Did you know that last year, one on five children in Portsmouth each missed a total of one week of school through unauthorised absence? That means they not only missed out on lessons but also school clubs, friendships and school trips, leaving gaps in their learning which could limit their future options in life.
If children understand the importance of regular attendance from an early age, it helps them to maintain that attitude throughout their school life and into their work life.
What is authorised and unauthorised absence?
Any term-time absence must be approved by the school's head teacher. This is called authorised absence.
At the head teacher’s discretion, absence may be authorised for genuine illness or for reasons of religious belief. Check the school website to be sure you understand our policy on authorised absence.
Any absence not approved by the head teacher is an unauthorised absence. Unauthorised absence includes time off for shopping, birthdays, holidays, visiting relatives, getting up late and days out.
School attendance - penalty notices
It's a legal requirement that children have access to education. If a child misses 10 half-day sessions, the equivalent of a full week's school, through unauthorised absence in one term, parents can be issued with a penalty notice Penalty notices are issued per parent per child and are £60 payable within 21 days and £120 payable within the 22nd and 28th day.
You can find out more about school attendance at www.portsmouth.gov.uk/attendance and by joining the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using #MissSchoolMissOut
Top tips that could help to prevent absence
- Talk to your child about how important it is to attend school
- Inspire them to think about what they would like to be when they grow up and how school can help with that
- Ask regularly about how school is going
- If you're unsure if your child is too ill for school, use the guidance on illness on the NHS Healthier Together website -
- Look in the Parents/Carers section for the 'Child Unwell? OK to go to school?' article
- Book all holidays outside of term time
- Book medical and dental appointments outside school hours if possible - and if not possible, ensure your child attends school before and after the appointment.
- If you are concerned about your child's learning or any other aspect of school, please speak to your child's class teacher, form tutor or head of year
- Provide a good environment for study at home and ensure they have time set aside for homework
- Find out if your child wants to avoid school for a reason that they’re frightened to tell you about - perhaps they’re being bullied. The NHS Healthier Together website has helpful information in the Parents/Carers section called 'Concerned about your child's behaviour or emotions?'
- If you're having trouble getting your children to school, please talk to the staff at the school, who can help you to make sure they don't miss out.