Regular Attendance Matters...
We often hear of parents who give approval for their children to take days off for reasons such as going shopping or staying at home because it’s a bit hot. Even scheduling appointments or driving lessons can have a significant impact on a student’s ability to stay connected with and make sense of their learning at school.
A small number of absences may be justified if your child:
Murray Bridge High School is committed to improving the attendance of our students. In order to get attendance over 95%, students must have less than 2 days absence in a term.
Research tells us that regular school absence can lead to a lifetime of disadvantage.
Did you know:
Consider school as a workplace. When a person is absent from work they need to notify the employer and give a reason. The current workplace conditions accept a minimal number of sick days a year (usually up to 10), with a doctor’s certificate required on the second day. People who do not comply find themselves ‘out of a job’. Students who do not go to school regularly do not have the life skills required to successfully integrate in to, and to maintain a position in the workplace.
So what will happen if your child does not go to school regularly?
If your child does not come regularly to school and we do not receive a reasonable explanation from you, we will need to report to the Department for Education Attendance Officer and complete a mandatory notification as required by the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017.
We would prefer to work together with you to ensure your child is coming to school and has the best education possible. We have developed support networks to work with students who are anxious about coming to school and alternative programs that may start off part time and transition into fulltime attendance. Depending on the age of your child, outside of school programs may be able to be offered.
Absence from school can limit a student’s achievement of essential knowledge and skills required for effective participation in work, relationships and families, and active citizenship.
The next time your child asks to stay home, consider the longer term implications – and ask yourself, “am I setting my child up for failure?”
For further information please refer to the Department for Education: education.sa.gov.au/doc/attendance-policy
Please call 08 8531 9555 for all attendance related enquiries
SMS: 0451 266 328