If a child is absent through illness from class for a day, or part of a day, government regulations require that a parent/carer provide a written explanation noting the length of absence.
Parents need only ring the school office if their child is sick with an illness that may affect other students or teachers and/or will mean they are absent for more than 2 days.
The office will generate a note informing the teacher of the student's absence. A note from the parent/carer is still required on return to school. Unexplained absences are recorded as "Absent Without Reason". A follow up note will be generated from the school requiring a reason for every absence/partial absence if a note is not received from parents after 3 days.
Where a student will be absent for short term leave [1-5 days] or for extended periods of leave [more than 5 days] - for example, parents taking the family overseas - parents must request leave from the Principal at least three weeks prior on the 'Application for Extended Leave' form (available from our website). The Principal will consider the application and a certificate will be issued to confirm the leave.
The absence will be marked as 'Leave' on the attendance roll. Where a student is habitually absent - for example habitual unexplained absence for more than a few days, habitually absent on a given day, or habitually absent on carnival days or excursions - parents will need to attend an interview to explain the reason for the absence. This is also the case where a student consistently arrives late to school.