Recording the school as closed

There are two ways to record school closure to students in Arbor. The method we recommend will depend on whether the closure is planned (such as an election) or not planned (such as a snow day). Neither method will affect students' attendance statistics if the correct code is used.

We recommend using these methods based on the guidance on Attendance Administrative Codes supplied by the DfE in their School Attendance Guidance document, page 13.


Adding an unplanned school closure e.g. a snow day

There are two ways to add unplanned school closures. The one your school chooses is up to you. These methods should be used when students are unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances such as:

  • the school site, or part of it, is closed due to an unavoidable cause
  • the transport provided by the school or a local authority is not available and where the pupil’s home is not within walking distance
  • a local or national emergency has resulted in widespread disruption to travel which has prevented the pupil from attending school
  • the pupil is in custody; detained for a period of fewer than four months


Whole school closure

If the entire school is closed, such as a snow day where teachers cannot attend, you may want to amend the calendar using the process in the 'Adding a planned school closure' section. You would then select 'Exceptional circumstances' as the holiday type.


Partial school closure - Bulk edit attendance marks

You may wish to manage the attendance marks yourself. In this case, registers will still appear, but the marks placed in them as a result of this process will not impact your school's attendance statistics. This process must also be done on the day of the closure or later.

Please note: In order to complete the following method, you will have to manually open all the registers on the day first.

Go to Students > Attendance > Bulk Edit Marks Standard.

Use the filters at the top of the page to select the students and make sure the start and end dates are correct.



Click the tick box at the very top of the table to select all students, then click the blue pencil icon and select Bulk Set Absent.



In the slide over, select the Attendance mark. If it is a snow day or similar emergency school closure you should use the code Y. The School closed to pupils code # should be used for planned school closures only (such as for election polling at the school).

Scroll down to the bottom of the slide over to select which periods to update and whether to overwrite already existing mars, such as for planned absences.

Once happy with your selection, click the Bulk Set Marks button.





You will receive a notification in the top right of your MIS when the change has been completed.



Refresh your page and you will see that all the marks will have changed to the correct absence code. You can also click the notification to go to the Bulk Edit Marks Advanced page.

Please be aware that it can take some time for marks to load if you have updated many student's marks at once.




Adding a planned school closure e.g. a polling day

This method should be used for whole or partial school closures that are known or planned in advance such as:

  • between terms
  • half terms
  • occasional days (for example, bank holidays)
  • up to five non-educational days to be used for curriculum planning/training
  • use of schools as polling stations

Go to School > School Structure > Academic years and select the upcoming year.



Click the red Return to incomplete button before making changes.



Click +Add in the Holidays section to add planned whole school absences.



Fill in the relevant information in the slide over, including the Holiday Type. This means that there will be no registers for the days covered by the holiday.

For example, when the school is being used for polling, you would select Election as the holiday type. When you have filled in the information, click Add Academic Holiday to implement the holiday and prevent registers from existing on those days.



Once this holiday has been added, click the green Mark Calendar as Complete button to save your changes.




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