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There still seems to be some confusion in the processes required for informing the school that your child will be absent. School attendance is a funding criteria for all schools and we are required to record all school attendance and reasons for non-attendance. This information is audited on a regular basis and we can lose funding if we do not have the appropriate documentation. This is why we will request written confirmation of child’s absence for our records. We are also required to follow up on any unexplained absence each day which is why you receive a text message from the school if we have not received notification through the absentee line that your child is not attending school on that day.
Ultimately we have these procedures in place for the safety of each child in our school and to ensure that they are where parents expect them to be each school day.
- To clarify the expectations for informing the school that your child will not be in attendance please ensure that you use the following procedure
If your child is unwell or for other reasons will not be at school, the Absentee line on 6383 2619 is the expected method that parents will inform the school. You can also inform us through a verbal notification to the class teacher or through the school office.
- When your child returns to school a note MUST accompany them from the parent or guardian informing the teacher of the dates and reason for your child’s absence. We have a note available for parents on our website that has the fields required.
- Parents who know that their child will be away for specific future dates are requested to send in this information in writing to the class teacher or school office so the information can be entered on the system.
- Do not use email to the school office or class teacher to inform of a daily absence as the school will only be checking the absentee line messages to resolve daily absences.
The school will follow up when a note has not been provided either through a written notification or an email notification. If you have any queries regarding the parental or school expectation of these procedures then please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.
Mrs Schelfhout has left on her well-deserved Long Service Leave for the remainder of Term Three. We wish her a safe and relaxing break and look forward to her returning at the commencement of next term.
I was so pleased to be with the choir at their Performing Arts session at Applecross this week. The children sang beautifully and were a credit to themselves, the school and Ms Maugeri for the time and effort that she has put into the group over the year. Our next performance is at the Vasto Club in Balcatta next Friday.
Today we have celebrated Mass for the Feast of the Assumption, one of the holy days of obligation set down by the church. Our lady is a central figure in our church and school life and it was wonderful to see so many parents and community members join us in this liturgical celebration.
Have a great weekend and God bless.