As explained on page 13 of the DfE's attendance guidance here, schools must treat the absences for religious observance (such as Eid) as authorised. You can use the R: Religious observance attendance code to reflect this on a student's attendance record. There are two ways that these marks can be added in Arbor:
- Record a planned absence to fill attendance marks on opening with the right code
- Use the Bulk Edit Marks page to edit the code after registers have been taken
For a religious family ceremony
You may find that guardians make requests for students to miss school to attend christenings, bar/bat mitzvahs, etc.
Absence requests like this are normally treated processed in the same way as a normal absence request and should not be treated in the same way as a religious observance. The following attendance codes would be suitable to use:
|C (Authorised absence)||Advisable to use if you approve the absence request.|
|O (Unauthorised absence)||If you do not approve the absence request, but the student is absent anyway.|
If you are still unsure as to what attendance code to use, please contact the DfE or your Local Authority.