Parents are requested to provide teachers with either a verbal or written explanation when students are absent from school. Alternatively parents may wish to email an absence explanation to the school.
Schools are responsible for monitoring the attendance of students and must follow up unexplained absences.
Schools must also monitor the frequency and number of absences, as these may cause concern even when the parent has provided an explanation. The Department’s policy states that the school must investigate a student’s attendance if it falls below 90% i.e. more than 5 absences per term. Research indicates that anything less than 90% attendance affects learning.