A note is required explaining each absence. This is to be brought in to the roll call teacher on the day the student returns to school. Even when a phone call is made, written explanations are required because Rolls are legal documents.
The note should contain the following information.
- Student’s name (clearly printed)
- Year of study (eg Year 8)
- Roll Class
- Date/s of absence/s
- Reason for absence
If a student is absent for three or more days the parents should contact the school. Please note that under the Education and Public Instruction Act 1987 NSW parents and guardians have a LEGAL responsibility to ensure the regular attendance at school of their children aged between 6 and 17 years. Children within this age group must attend school every day. The Act also specifies that absences must be explained in writing within seven days of the occurrence.
Senior Student Absences – The same procedures apply to senior students. However, where an absence immediately precedes or coincides with an Assessment Task, Senior Assessment conditions apply. These conditions are detailed in the Senior Students Assessment Booklet.
It is the school policy to randomly check daily absences to ensure that when students are missing from school it is with their parents’ knowledge and consent.