Regular attendance at school is essential for students to maximise their educational and developmental potential. Schools, in partnership with parents, are responsible for promoting the regular attendance of students. Parents are legally responsible for the regular attendance of their children and for providing reasonable cause for the absence of their child. School staff, as a part of their duty of care, monitor and report on student absences.
In complying with the NSW Education Act of 1990 and the ACT Education Act of 2004 (and their amendments), students must attend school between the ages of 6 and 17 years. Children who have completed the Year 10 requirements and are above the age of 15, may apply for exemption from school attendance to participate in an approved alternative study or full-time paid work. This must be discussed with the school and appropriate exemption sought.
In the event that a child is required to move schools, the current school must be informed of the future school. In the event that this information is not provided, a notification will be made to the appropriate government body.
In relation to all matters with attendance, any concerns should be raised with the school, with the view to achieve a timely resolution. It is in the best interests of the child, parents, school and community that students regularly attend their place of schooling.