School Attendance

Every Day Counts

 

At Werribee Primary School we are committed to providing your child with an excellent education.

The building blocks of a great education begin with all students coming to school each and every day.

 

Regular school attendance is vital and missing school days can have a big impact on a child’s future – missing one day a fortnight will miss four full weeks by the end of the year. By Year 10 they’ll have missed more than a year of school.

 

There is no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind, and can affect their educational outcomes.

 

If for any reason your child must miss school, there are things we can do together to ensure they don’t fall behind:

  • Speak with your classroom teacher and find out what work your child needs to do to keep up.
  • Develop an absence learning plan with your teacher and ensure your child completes the plan.

 

Remember, every day counts. If your child must miss school, speak with your classroom teacher as early as possible.

 

From 1 March 2014, new laws will mean that parents can be fined for not sending students to school without an acceptable reason.

 

If you’re having attendance issues with your child, please let your classroom teacher know so we can work together to get your child to school every day.

 

 

Notify the school of your child’s absence

Protecting the safety and well-being of children through the reporting and monitoring of absenteeism is the responsibility of both parents/carers and schools.  Please remember to call the school on 9742 6659, email at werribee.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au or log your  child’s absence using our school’s IT platform Xuno or Student Absentee Form early in the morning if your child is going to be away or late for school so your child’s absence can be recorded correctly.

For further information on the processes and procedures our school uses to record, monitor and follow-up student attendance and absence please read our Attendance Policy.

 

New attendance Requirements

If your child is sick or absent, you are required to notify the school as soon as possible on the day of absence, by calling the school on 9742 6659 or email at werribee.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au or log your child’s child’s absence using our school’s IT platform Xuno or Student Absentee Form.

 

Notifying the school of your child's absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and will fulfil your legal responsibility.

 

From the end of Term 2 2018, all Victorian Government schools are required to contact parents/carers as soon as practicable on the same day of an unexplained student absence. If your child is absent on a particular day and you have not contacted the school to explain why, the absence will be marked as unexplained.

This system also promotes daily school attendance. Going to school every day is the single most important part of your child’s education, they learn new things every day – missing school puts them behind.

The Werribee Primary School Attendance Policy which outlines the school’s processes and procedures for monitoring, recording and following-up of student absences is available on our website or by clicking here.

 

Same-day notification of unexplained student absences

Our school will text or call you as soon as practicable on the day if a student is not at school and you haven’t notified the school as to why. If you are notified by the school that your child is away without a reason, please contact us as soon as possible by calling 9742 6659 or emailing  werribee.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au  to let us know where your child is. If we cannot reach you because we don’t have your correct contact details (i.e.: message notification fail, disconnected number), then we will make contact with any emergency contact/s nominated on your child’s file held by the school, where possible, on the same day of the unexplained absence.

Please remember it is your responsibility to contact us to provide an explanation for your child's absence from school, and where possible, please inform us in advance of upcoming absences.

For further information on the processes and procedures our school uses to record, monitor and follow-up student attendance and absence please read our Attendance Policy.

 

Every Day Counts - Fact Sheet 

Every Minute Counts - Fact Sheet

 

Click here for further information fromt The Department of Education and Training.

 

To report a student absence please click here

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