All students are expected to attend school every day.
It is important that your child attends school regularly.
If your child is absent, please advise the school of the absence and reason by:
Any unexplained absence of 3 days or more will be followed up with a friendly phone call.
In the ‘good old days’ it used to hard to get a day off school. Now it seems to be easy, maybe too easy?
The wider school community, parents and students need to fully understand the impact of missing too many school days.
If a student has a day off, once a fortnight, this would add up to 20 days in a school year (approximately 40 weeks in a school year). 20 days is the same as missing a tenth of a school year.
This would equal to missing a year of schooling up to Year 10.
A key message that needs to be embraced by schools, parents, and the wider community is that “It’s Not OK to be Away”. The ‘fallout’ of poor attendance is very real. These students will be at risk of not achieving their potential and therefore limit their life choices. Also, other real consequences are:
When you consider all the above, schools, parents and the wider community need to work in partnership with each other to ensure students enjoy school success and as a consequence more enriching life choices.
Some Benefits of Regular School Attendance
For the Community:
How many days of school has your child missed this semester?
0-6This is within normal range. A child with this attendance rate is able to take full advantage of the teaching and learning opportunities available to them.
7-10This attendance rage is below average. A child with this attendance rate could miss over one year of schooling between prep and Year 10
11-20This is a poor attendance rate. A child with this attendance rate days could miss out on up to two years of schooling between prep and Year 10
20+This is a very poor attendance rate. A child with this attendance rate could miss over two and one half years of schooling between prep and Year 10.
With thanks to Yarra Schools Network School Participation Project