Daily school attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they have every opportunity to develop academically and socially. Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 or an equivalent qualification have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, across their lives. It is important that children develop habits of regular attendance at an early age.
- To ensure that parents and students are given the best opportunity to understand the importance of regular school attendance and that student absences are kept to a minimum.
GUIDELINES FOR IMPLEMENTATION
- To ensure their child of compulsory school age attends school on every school day for the educational program in which the child is enrolled, unless the parent has an approved excuse.
- To ensure that their child is at school by 8.55am for the important start to the school day.
- To advise school, preferably in writing or by phone, of the reason for any absences, if not beforehand then within 2 days of the student's return to school.
- To initiate or attend meetings to discuss their child's attendance or participation in their educational program.
- To negotiate with the school, where appropriate, alterations to their child's educational program or flexible arrangements to best meet the needs of the child.
Reasons for Absence
Satisfactory reasons for an absence may include such factors as:
- Medical or dental treatments or procedures.
- Bereavement or attendance at the funeral of a relative or friend.
- Cultural reasons, or
- Family reasons (e.g. special events).
Procedures for Absence Notification
- Telephone the school absence line on 9798 4764 stating your child’s name, class, reason for absence and length of absence.
- Present in person to class teacher or school office.
- Supply the school with a written note or medical certificate within 1 day of the student’s return.
- Parents may give a verbal explanation of a student’s absence which will be documented by the attendance officer or class room teacher.
- The school attendance officer will notify class teachers of student absences.
Procedures for Late Arrival at School
- Children who arrive after 9.00am need to sign in using the tablet at the office and get a Late Pass to give to their teacher.
Early dismissal / departure
If a child is attending an appointment during the school day it is the responsibility of the parent /carer to
- Come to the office to collect the child.
- Sign the tablet at the office to indicate they have taken their child and left the school grounds.
- Collect a leave pass to give to the teacher when collecting their child.
Role of School - Unexplained absences need to be followed up daily
- To record absences twice per day with the correct CASES21 code.
- For the School Attendance Officer to follow up any unexplained absences daily by contacting parents/carers when a student absence is unexplained and communicate details with classroom teacher.
- To use data driven attendance improvement strategies.
- To identify of and support students at risk of poor attendance, the school attendance officer is to notify the Assistant Principal in charge of student welfare of chronic absenteeism by providing the Assistant Principal responsible with timey notification of the absence.
- To support students to return to school after absences.
- The Assistant Principal responsible for student health and wellbeing will tailor attendance improvement strategies where absences are having an impact on a student’s social or academic development.
- Parents will automatically receive an SMS about absences.
This policy will be reviewed as part of the school’s review cycle by October 2022.