Parents and carers in Denbighshire are being informed that the Welsh Government has reverted back to the use of Fixed Penalty Notices for non-school attendance.
announcement from the Minister for Education and Welsh Language, Denbighshire
County Council will follow the guidance to ensure young people are accessing
Davies, the Council’s Head of Education, said: “Denbighshire is informing
parents and carers of the update from the minister for education. We are
committed to ensuring school attendance, attainment and the well-being of our
Penalty Notices are to be used in only the most extreme cases, as part of a
range of options and when all efforts to engage have been tried and failed, and
where it is evident that there are no underlying reasons that are impacting
upon attendance at school.
“We ask that
parents and carers work with schools and education closely communicating any
difficulties and issues that are impacting on their child attending school
are genuine reasons for absences these must be discussed with school to ensure
Denbighshire can work collaboratively with parents and schools to maintain
school attendance of all pupils in the county.”
guidance is effective immediately.
notices for non-attendance had been available to local authorities during the
pandemic, however the Welsh Government had recommended against their use.
information visit https://gov.wales/oral-statement-school-attendance