Ratified July 2008
Students of school age (6 to 15 years) resident in Victoria are required to be in full-time attendance at a government or registered non-government school unless they are receiving approved home tuition, have a shared enrolment with a specialist setting, have received exemption from the Regional Director or are enrolled in correspondence education.
- To maximise learning opportunities by ensuring student absenteeism is kept to a minimum.
- To put into place agreed processes for managing student absences within the school.
- To create a parent culture that views regular school attendance and communicating student absences to the school as important.
- attend school regularly.
- supply class teachers with a note from a parent explaining each absence.
- ensure that his/her child is in school every school day unless there is a legitimate reason for the child’s absence (illness)
- provide an explanation for student absence
Class teacher will:
- accurately mark rolls twice daily
- follow up on consistent lateness
- monitor student absences in the class.
- insist that students bring a letter of explanation for absences
- contact the parents or inform the assistant principal if an absence remains unexplained for more than 3 days.
- re-enforce the message of “It’s not OK to be Away” in the class
- use the Student Absence Summary Report provided twice a term to alert students and their parents where attendance
Office staff will:
- generate and maintain class rolls.
- accurately input daily absences into Cases.
- monitor student attendance data.
The Wellbeing Coordinator will:
- assist teachers to follow up attendance of those students identified as having unsatisfactory attendance.
- provide class teachers with the Absence Summary Report twice a term
- place regular articles in the newsletter
- conduct a survey with parents, teachers and students
- monitor student absences on a weekly basis.
The policy will be reviewed as part of the school’s three-year review.