Could all medical appointments (dentist/optician/doctor) be booked outside the school day or during school holidays if possible? It has also worked in the past when appointments are made after morning or afternoon registration times. With appointments that have to occur during the school day, if parents/carers send the appointment letter/card into school, the absence can be authorised and a copy of the appointment can be kept on the pupil’s file.
This Friday, the first letters under the Local Authority’s new ‘Callio’ attendance initiative will be sent out. This initiative is being implemented in schools across Caerphilly including Bedwas Infants and Bedwas High School. The letters are automatically colour-coded according to each child’s overall attendance percentage for the most recent school term. 95% is the target figure for all children.