Student Absence / Lateness Procedure
SMS MESSAGE YOU SERVICE 2016
Roseworth PS has implemented a new system that uses mobile phone Short Message Service (SMS) to send text messages to parents/guardians/caregivers to notify them of an unexplained absence. SMS may also be used to provide information to parents such as school community notices and emergency/unplanned events such as school closures.
Parents will be informed by mobile phone SMS each time their child is absent when an explanation has not already been provided to the school. If your child is absent and a reason has been provided before the time the SMS is due to be sent, you will not receive a text message.
Roseworth PS introduced this to build on existing attendance procedures and to ensure that parents are notified as soon as possible if their child is absent from school without an explanation. This system has been shown to assist in making schools (and parents) more aware of where students are and improve student attendance. These factors will enhance learning opportunities for all students and contribute to their safety.
The number for this service that you will see on your phone is 0437 784 935. You will also be able to use this number to contact us via SMS in advance if your child is going to be away.
Acceptable Reasons for Absence
Under the Department of Education regulations, the only acceptable reasons for absence from school are: illness or associated appointments – notification is required for each absence. The school administration do not have the authority to approve absences for family holidays and absences of this nature remain the responsibility of the parent. Where this does occur, however, we would appreciate prior notice in writing.
Advising the School
Parents are required to advise the school whenever a child will not be attending school, the expected length of the absence and the reason for the absence. Where an absence is planned, we require a note to the class teacher before the absence. When an absence is unplanned e.g sickness or family matters, it is important the school is notified. This can be done by phoning the school during the day of the absence or supplying the classroom teacher with a note on your child’s return to school.
Parents collecting students from school for appointments that fall during school hours are to collect students from the front office. It is very helpful if you notify the class teacher in writing or in person prior to the appointment. Students are to be collected from the front office and returned by the parent after the appointment if returning to school. The front office staff will provide the student with a signed leave pass.
Arriving late to school is very disruptive to your child’s learning and to the learning program in the classroom. Students who arrive late (after 8.50 am) to school must report to the office to receive a ‘Late Note’ and take this to the class teacher. This information is a legal requirement and schools need to keep accurate records of student attendance so all absences from school or lateness needs to be recorded.
Facts About Regular Attendance
In 2012 Roseworth Primary School was invited to particpate in an attendance campaign to encourage Aboriginal students to attend school in the early years. This was because our school has a very good attendance program which encourages all students to come to school on a regular basis.
Click on the image below to view this publication or click on the'Interactive Book' image to view the book online.
The Department of Education attendance strategy 'Better attendance; Brighter futures' is also available from the hyperlink below.