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Attendance Policy and SMS Alerts

School Attendance & SMS Text Alert Service
To comply with Department Policy, parents must provide an explanation regarding a child’s absence from school.  Please inform the school on each day of your child’s absence by telephoning our Absentee Line on 3712 5111 [Press 1], no later than 9:00 a.m. The Absentee line is a 24 hour answering machine and messages can be left at anytime before 9:00 a.m. The school has an SMS messaging service and you will receive a text message on your mobile phone if your child has not arrived at school shortly after the rolls are marked in the morning if you have not informed us earlier of their absence.  You can respond to this text with a reason if you wish.  You should ring the school immediately if you believe your child/ren should have arrived at school in the morning after you have received this text message.
It is vital to your child’s learning that attendance be regular. The school may contact you if your child shows patterns of absenteeism.

Late Arrivals

Students who arrive to school after 9:00 a.m. are required to report to the office to receive a late arrival slip to pass to the class teacher.  A reason for the late arrival will be requested.  Late arrival also effects learning so you may be contacted if patterns of late arrival emerge.

Responding to absences

When a student is absent without explanation for 3 days, a pattern of absences in which attendance rate falls below 90% (equates to total of 20 days absent in a year), or persistent late arrivals and/or early departures has been identified, Algester Primary School will take the following actions:
·        Records of contact with parents and carers regarding unexplained absences will be recorded in OneSchool.
·        In consultation with Deputy Principal, teacher and parents/carers, a support plan may be put in place for this student. A personalised learning record can be used to record this plan on OneSchool.
·        If, after 2 weeks, the student is still not attending school regularly and arriving on time, the Deputy Principal will follow the processes for managing student absences as outlined in the Managing Student Absences and Enforcing Enrolment and Attendance Policy.
·        Participation in school intervention programs, such as MiniLit or Rip it Up Reading, is conditional on students attending regularly. If a student participates in support program and their attendance falls below 85%, the child may be removed from the program following contact from the school about their low attendance.