Attendance is compulsory for all primary students from Pre Primary to Year 6. Regular attendance at school is fundamental to your child’s learning. Consistent attendance and participation are essential for your child’s social and academic learning.
As parents or legal guardians of an enrolled child, you are responsible under the School Education Act 1999 to ensure the attendance of your child at school every day. It is important to assist your child’s achievement and learning by making regular school attendance a priority in your child’s life.
The Department of Education’s Student Attendance Policy requires parents/guardians to provide an acceptable explanation to the school principal for any absence of their children.
Principal must authorise all absences. The act defines health, religious and cultural observances as reasonable cause for a school absence and the absence would be recorded as ‘authorised’ by the principal.
As parent/guardian you must obtain the principal’s approval for any planned absence. An absence from school requires an explanation on the day of the student’s absence. This notification can either be in the form of a written note, SMS messaging or verbal contact.
Nullagine Primary School has an SMS service. In the event of an unexplained absence you will be sent an SMS message at 10:00am on the morning of the absence seeking an explanation for your child’s absence from school. If there is no response to the SMS message, you will be contacted by phone. The number for SMS communication only is 0437 416 596.
If a student’s absence is not explained you will be contacted and asked to explain the absence. If a student is deemed ‘at risk’ through non attendance an interview will be held with parents or caregivers at the request of the principal.