Attendance Policy
Child Expectations 

This policy should be read in conjunction with the Department of Education and Training’s School Attendance Guidelines. It does not replace or change the obligations of Boisdale Consolidated School, parents and School Attendance Officers under legislation or the School Attendance Guidelines.

PURPOSE
 

The purpose of this policy is to:

  • Ensure all children of compulsory school age are enrolled in a registered school and attend school every day the school is open for instruction

  • Ensure students, staff and parents/carers have a shared understanding of the importance of attending school

  • Explain to staff and parents the key practices and procedures Boisdale Consolidated School has in place to

  • Support, monitor and maintain student attendance

  • Record, monitor and follow up student absences.

SCOPE

 

This policy applies to all students at Boisdale Consolidated School.

This policy should be read in conjunction with the Department of Education and Training’s School Attendance Guidelines. It does not replace or change the obligations of Boisdale Consolidated School, parents and School Attendance Officers under legislation or the School Attendance Guidelines.

DEFINITION

Parent – includes a guardian and every person who has parental responsibility for the child, including parental responsibility under the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) and any person with whom a child normally or regularly resides.

POLICY
 

Schooling is compulsory for children and young people aged from 6 to 17 years (unless an exemption from attendance or enrolment has been granted).


Daily attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they do not fall behind both socially and developmentally. School participation maximises life opportunities for children and young people by providing them with education and support networks. School helps people to develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them up for further learning and participation in their community.


Students are expected to attend Boisdale Consolidated School during normal school hours every day of each term unless:

  • there is an approved exemption from school attendance for the student

  • the student has a dual enrolment with another school and has only a partial enrolment at Boisdale Consolidated School, or

  • the student is registered for home schooling and has only a partial enrolment in Boisdale Consolidated School for particular activities.

Both schools and parents have an important role to play in supporting students to attend school every day.


Boisdale Consolidated School believes all students should attend school all day, every day when the school is open for instruction and is committed to working with its school community to encourage and support full school attendance.


Our school will identify individual students or cohorts who are vulnerable and whose attendance is at risk and/or declining and will work with these students and their parents to improve their attendance through a range of interventions and supports.


Students are committed to attending school every day, arriving on time and are prepared to learn. Our students are encouraged approach a teacher and seek assistance if there are any issues that are affecting their attendance.

To learn more about this subject please download the full Attendance Policy document.