Attendance and absences

The Department of Education and Training have changed their policy and require all student absences to be reported to the school on the day of the absence.

Daily school attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they do not fall behind both socially and developmentally. School helps children and young people to develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them up for further learning and participation in their community. School helps them to make the most of life opportunities. Research has found that the rate of absenteeism in schools has a significant impact on student learning. This is particularly so if a high absence rate (11 days or more) is repeated each year.

To assist us in managing this, please report a student absence by 9am on the morning of the absence in one of four ways: 
1. In person at the office
2. Using the Skool Bag app
3. Call the school on 9460 1668, or
4. Text message us 0456 429 161
This will help us to identify student absences and reduce any unnecessary phone calls to parents/carers.

For student illness/medical appointments:
For student absences over consecutive days, such as is ill for two days, the absence needs to be recorded for each day of absence. 

For student lateness:
You can advise the office for lateness via the Skool Bag (preferred), text message or telephone (9460 1668). Please ensure when dropping off/picking up your child you sign your child in/out at the office.

Extended holidays:
If your child is going to be away for a longer period please provide the office with a note outlining the dates and reason for absence.

Unexplained absences / No contact from parent or carer
If a parent does not contact the school to provide an explanation on the day of their child’s absence, the school must attempt to contact the parent/carer of the student as soon as practicable on the same day. If the parent/carer cannot be reached, the school will attempt to make contact with your child's emergency contact/s.

Your Child Needs To Go To School Each Day (Easy English)
School attendance (Easy English)

Fact Sheet: Every Day Counts
Fact Sheet: Same Day Notification for Unexplained Absences
Fact Sheet: Victorian Attendance Legislation