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 (rather than within 3 days).
Daily school attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t 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 (WPS) in managing this, please report a student absence by 9am on the morning of the absence in one of these two ways: Flexibuzz (preferred) see screenshots below or telephone (9481 5577) select option 1.
This will help the office 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 each day of absence.
For student lateness:
You can advise the office for lateness via the Flexibuzz app through the absence tool and select ‘other’. Please ensure when dropping off/picking up your child you sign your child in/out at the office on the iPad.
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 of the student as soon as practicable on the same day.
Flexibuzz App - Example
Flexibuzz Absence Form - ExampleEvery day countsEvery day counts (fact sheet)Same-day notification of student absences (fact sheet)Attendance legislation (fact sheet)