Dear parent and carers,

Regular attendance at school for every student is essential if students are to achieve their potential, and increase their career and life options.

In NSW public schools, attendance is monitored by Home School Liaison Officers (HSLO).

At regular points during the year our HSLO, Leanne Cowie meets with me to discuss attendance patterns. At our last meeting the following patterns were discussed:

  • The high number of unexplained/unjustified absences
  • students regularly being absent on particular days each week
  • regular lateness

Unexplained absences

Parents and carers need to provide an explanation for absences through a telephone call, written note, or the SchoolStream APP, which is preferred. This must be done within 7 days from the first day of any period of absence. Teachers and admin staff will be in contact if we do not receive a reason for the absence, we may also request medical certificates or other documentation when frequent or long term absences are explained as being due to illness. I may also seek permission to speak with your doctor to collaboratively develop a health care plan to support your child’s attendance at school.

Justified reasons for non-attendance 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)

If the explanation does not fall within the above listed reasons, the absence will become unjustified.

Regular non-attendance

Education in New South Wales is compulsory for all children between the ages of six years and below the minimum school leaving age. The Education Act 1990 requires that parents ensure their children of compulsory school age are enrolled at, and regularly attend school, or, are registered with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards for homeschooling. Once enrolled, children are required to attend school each day it is open for students.

Arriving on time

Arriving at school and class on time:

  • ensures that students do not miss out on important learning activities scheduled early in the day
  • helps students learn the importance of punctuality and routine
  • give students time to greet their friends before class reduces classroom disruption

Lateness is recorded as a partial absence and needs to be explained.

Kind regards,

Lisa Haller | Principal