Every Day Counts

Attending school every day is vital for students of all ages in order to achieve their maximum potential.

We all want our students to get a great education, and the building blocks for a great education begin with students coming to school each and every day.

Missing school can have a major impact on a child’s future – a student missing one day a fortnight will miss four full weeks by the end of the year. By Year 10 they will have missed more than a year of school if students were to adopt this pattern from primary 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.

Coming to school every day is vital, but if for any reason your child must miss school, there are steps you can take to ensure they don’t fall behind:

·         Speak with your classroom teacher or year level coordinator and find out what work your child needs to do to keep up.

·         Develop an absence learning plan with the school and ensure your child completes the plan.

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

Laws implemented in March, 2014 dictate that parents can be fined for not sending students to school without an acceptable reason.

The Department of Education & Training have created a brochure, which has more information about why attendance is important and includes some tips on what you can do to ensure your child attends school each day.