Students are expected to be at school every day and to be present at each learning session during the day - please note that this is a mandatory requirement.
If a student misses a day or more, a written note of explanation from one parent or caregiver is required. This note is to be handed to the class teacher the day after the absence.
If it is apparent a student will be away, a telephone call to the College office informing the school of the circumstances is appreciated.
When a student needs to leave school early, a written note from a parent is required on the morning of the day the leave is to be taken. The parent/guardian must go to the school administration office to sign the student out of school early.
For the safety of all children, parents are not to go directly to the learning space to pick up their child. Students will then be escorted to the office for their parents to collect them. Students will not be permitted to leave the school premises unless accompanied by a parent or other adult nominated by the parent.
The school is required by law to keep written records of each child’s attendance. For this reason, if you know in advance that your child is to be absent, please send a hand written note explaining the circumstances.
If it is apparent a student will be away, a telephone call to the College office informing of the circumstances is appreciated.
If your child is absent without notice, please telephone the school as soon as possible and send a hand written note bearing the date your child was absent and the reason for the absence when your child returns to school.
If a student is going to be absent before the official start of term holidays, or after holidays have finished, a written letter of notification to the Principal is required from parents, prior to the planned absence, explaining the reason for the absence.
If your child will require extended leave that is planned, written notification of your intention to take extended leave is required.
You will then be required to complete State Government exemption paperwork which must be formally approved by the Principal. Once approval is given, you will receive the original paperwork and the school will keep a copy on file.
The College will send SMS Notifications to parents if their child is absent from or late to school. The message will read:
- Dear Parent/Guardian, your child (name) has been marked absent on (date) or;
- Dear Parent/Guardian, your child (name) was late to school on (date)
Parents are then asked to reply to the message with a reason for the absence with:
- Parent name, student’s first and surname, date and explanation.
When you reply to the SMS Notification, this means there will be no need for you to provide a letter with written explanation, with the exception of a medical certificate. Your response must explain the child’s absence, the SMS must be sent from the phone which has received the message from the College. The response should also be sent as soon as possible after the original message has been received. This process allows the College to be sure that the child is absent with good reason. If a response is not sent from the SMS, the College will require a letter of explanation for the absence. If no letter is received, the absence will be recorded as 'unexplained'.