Attendance

Rationale:
The Education Department requires that children of school age (six-seventeen years) are required to be in full-time attendance at a government or registered non-government school unless formally exempt.
Aims:

  • To maximise student learning opportunities and performance by ensuring that children required to attend school do so regularly, and without unnecessary absences.

 

Implementation:

  • Regular attendance at school is essential for your child to achieve their educational best and increase their career and life options
  • The Education Act 1990 requires that parents/carers ensure their children of compulsory school age are enrolled at, and regularly attend school.
  • Education is a sequential process. Absences often mean students miss important stages in the development of topics, causing them to find ‘catching up' difficult.
  • Absenteeism contributes significantly to student failure at school.
  • All enrolled students are required to attend school unless reasonable and valid grounds exist for them to be absent.Justified reasons for student absences may include:

           - being sick, or having an infectious disease
           - having an unavoidable medical appointment
           - being required to attend a recognised religious holiday
           - exceptional or urgent family circumstance (e.g. attending a funeral)

  • Parents/Carers have a responsibility to ensure that their children attend school regularly, and are only absent if ill or if absolutely necessary.
  • Parents/Carers must ensure that they provide an explanation for absences to the school within 7 days from the first day of any period of absence through means such as telephone call, written note, text message or email. A staff member will be responsible for monitoring and investigating student absences.
  • If the reason provided is unjustified, parents/carers will be informed in writing.
  • Independent students not living with parents/carers are also required to provide notes.
  • An appointed staff member will telephone parents/carers of absent students if communication from parents is not forth coming.
  • Unexplained or inadequately explained absences will cause a designated staff member to communicate with parents/carers and the student involved so as to implement strategies that will resolve the problem.
  • Ongoing unexplained absences, or lack of cooperation regarding student attendance, will result in a formal attendance conference being organised. Unresolved attendance issues for students required to attend may result in the Principal seeking further support from the Home School Liaison Program to develop an Attendance Improvement Plan.
  • The Principal will ensure all student absences are recorded each period by teachers and communicated to the Department of Education.
  • The Department of Education and enrolment auditors may seek student attendance records.
  • Student attendance and absence figures will appear on student half year and end of year reports.
  • Aggregated student attendance data is reported to the Department of Education and the wider community each year as part of the annual report.
  • Partial absences may occur for a variety of reasons and are addressed in the following way:
    - Late Bus – Students travelling to school on buses that prevent attendance at roll call are to sign on the Late Bus Sheet on their arrival with their time of arrival
    - Flexible Leave – is for senior students only and requires students to obtain a Flexible leave pass from Head Teacher Administration that has been sanctioned by parents/carers. This will only be issued for students with off-line time during period 1 (except Wednesdays) or the last period of the day.
    - Late arrival – students arriving late to school must sign in at the front office and present a note from parents/carers explaining the reason for lateness. Justified reasons are the same as for whole day absence. Students arriving without an explanation can be placed on a lunch detention.
    - Gate Passes for early leavers – students required to leave school early must present their note requesting a gate pass to the front office before school commences. Justified reasons are the same as for whole day absences. Reasons that do not fall into these categories may result in no gate pass being issued. Students must carry these gate passes on them whilst they are out in the community.
    - Thursday Gate Pass – students required to leave early on Thursday (sports day) need to present their request for a gate pass to the Head Teacher Administration before school commences. These may be checked by a phone call to the parent/guardian. Reasons that do not fall into the justified category may mean that a pass will not be written.
    - Sickness – students who become unwell at school must attend sick bay where parents/carers will be contacted. Students should not be collected by parents/carers without signing out through the front office.

Evaluation:

  • This policy will be reviewed as part of the school's three-year review cycle.
 
This policy was last ratified by P&C in February 2017.