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updated on 10 January 2022
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Find out how to record attendance during the pandemic, including which codes you should use and when. The DfE has clarified that you'll need to continue to complete the educational setting status form on a daily basis.

Absence codes you need to use and what they mean

Code X: not attending in circumstances relating to coronavirus 

Use this category where a pupil doesn't attend because their travel to, or attendance at, school would be:

  • Against guidance relating to the incidence or transmission of COVID-19 from UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), and/or the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
  • Prohibited by any legislation or statutory directions relating to the incidence or transmission of COVID-19

In this case, this category will not count as absence (either authorised or unauthorised) for data collection purposes.  

You should still use code X for pupils of non-compulsory school age who aren't expected to attend a session, like you did before the outbreak (you can use sub-code X01 for this if you wish

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