**Updated DfE Guidance (07/01/2021) - Restricting attendance during the national lockdown: schools**

21. 01. 07
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Restricting attendance during the national lockdown: schools - Guidance for all schools in England

The latest Department for Education guidance advises that pupil's attendance should be recorded as follows:

All pupils who are not eligible to be in school: Should be marked as Code X.  They are not attending  because they are following public health advice.

Vulnerable children: As vulnerable children are still expected to attend school full time, they should not be marked as Code X if they are not in school (except if they are shielding, self-isolating or quarantining). If the parent of a vulnerable child wishes their child to be absent, the parent should let the school know. The Department expects schools to grant applications for leave of absence given the exceptional circumstances. This should be recorded as code C (leave of absence authorised by the school) unless another authorised absence code is more applicable.

Schools should not plan for rotas or allow children other than those who are vulnerable or whose parent or carer is a critical worker to attend on-site, even if the school believes it can accommodate more children safely.

NB: This information may be subject to change in accordance with any updated Government advice.