It is vital for your child’s life skills and for his/her success at St Brigid’s that her/his attendance is both regular and punctual.
You should ensure that your child remains in school for the full day and that family trips are organised to coincide with the school holidays.
(Dental appointments during school hours seem to be unavoidable. )
The school is legally required to notify the National Educational Welfare Board if your child has missed twenty days or more in the course of any one school year or if the principal/ class teacher is concerned about your child’s attendance.
At the end of each term, children with full attendance will be acknowledged and complimented. Children with full attendance for the year will receive a certificate on the last day of summer term and children who are only short of full attendance by one, two or three days are also acknowledged.
Please do not promise your child that he/she may come home from school if he/she is unwell, as this may be unsettling for your child. It is understood that if a child is obviously unwell that you will be contacted but it is in your child’s best interest to be in school every day for the full day.
Good attendance is very important.
You will understand that it is important for learning. Good attendance is also a factor in a child’s social development in class. A child who is in school regularly will find it easier to make friends and sustain friendships. They will also know the teacher and settle in better.
We understand that sometimes children are unwell and have to stay home to recover. However the National Educational Welfare Bureau asks us to submit the names of any child who misses 20 days or more. The other nineteen days shouldn’t be seen as leeway.
Click here to see a summary of our attendance policy.