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CRAIGBURN PRIMARY SCHOOL - ATTENDANCE POLICY

We want all of our students to come to school each and every day. We know there is a strong correlation between positive attendance and achievement. If students do miss school regularly, they can miss out on learning the basic skills that will set them up for success in the later years of school. We do know that there are times when a student is not able to attend school, including for sickness, family reasons, and for other reasons, including exemptions from school for family holidays.

We remind parents / caregivers of their responsibilities:

  • Positively encourage maximum school attendance.
  • Ensure children are in class ready to start learning at 8.50am and that they are there for the whole day until 3.10pm.
  • Should an attendance issue arise contact the school for assistance before it becomes an issue.
  • Parents to notify the school of student absences, with a specific reason eg illness, injury, special family event, etc. This may be communicated via a phone call to the school, an email dl.1226.admin@schools.sa.edu.au or via a written note to the class teachers. Notify the school of any absences part or whole day
  • Request an exemption form from the front office for any known extended absences of three days or longer . If a family holiday has been arranged during a school term, an exemption form must be filled out and signed by the Principal. These are available upon request from the front office. This is then verified by the Principal.
  • Sign children in upon arrival if after 8.50am through the procedure at the Front Office.
  • Sign children out through the procedure at the Front Office if taking the child before 3.10pm.
  • Apply for an exemption for a student whose attendance is affected by a period of prolonged illness or other circumstances related to their personal situation. Parents are required to provide supporting evidence such as medical reports, reports from psychologists / psychiatrists etc.
  • Be responsible for making appointments outside of school hours whenever possible.
  • Provide the school with a medical certificate (if your child is away ill for 3 or more days, this is required).



Absence Notifications
It is a legal requirement for parents / caregivers to notify a school of the reason for any absence as soon as it is possible. Notifications cannot be given by any other person unless there is a formal arrangement with the school. Notifications can be made via the following methods:

  • Your child’s diary / communication book
  • Emailing the school at dl.1226.admin@schools.sa.edu.au
  • Phoning the school on 8270 4144
  • Leaving a message on the answering machine any time before 8:15am or after 4.00pm
  • Please note: we are not able to assume a child’s illness (e.g. if a parent rings the school on Monday to say their child is sick, we cannot assume they are sick on Tuesday if they are not at school. We would need a further communication from the parent on Tuesday). Alternatively, if the parent knows on Monday that their child will not be at school Tuesday, they can let us know when they contact us on Monday.


Response To Absences
When a student is absent without explanation we will take the following action:

  • Ring the parent / caregiver  to discuss the non-attendance.
  • For longer and unexplained absences we will refer the matter the DECD attendance officer.

 

School Management

At Craigburn we have procedures in place to manage, monitor and support attendance – as per below.

Arriving at School
Children have a better opportunity to perform well if they arrive at school on time and are able to prepare for the school day. For this reason we ask all parents / caregivers to ensure that their children arrive at school and are in class ready to start by 8.50am. Children are not expected to arrive at school before 8.30am as supervision of children is not provided until this time.

Teachers will generally be in their classrooms from 8.40am each day and are available for a quick chat if necessary. Making appointments with teachers is the preferred process for further teacher / parent dialogue. Children are supervised from 8.30am until 3.30pm.   

Arriving Late
If children are arriving late at school, they are required to report to the front office and record their arrival. Office staff will guide younger students through this process.

Collecting Children Early
If you wish your child to be released early from school, it is essential that you inform the teacher or front office staff as early as possible before or prior to the time early collection is to occur. Parents / caregivers need to sign children out at the front office. Students will not be permitted to walk unaccompanied out of our care to make their own way home independently during school time.
If a person other than a parent / caregiver is collecting a child from school early, they will require a note from the parent / caregiver and may need to be identified on the child’s file as an emergency contact.

Departure From School
Parents / caregivers are requested to wait outside classrooms until school finishes. This procedure minimises class distraction for the children and anxiety for individuals who cannot see their parent / caregiver waiting nearby. Students are dismissed at 3.10pm. Once dismissed, students are to proceed home as directed by their parents / caregivers. For safety reasons, children are not permitted to remain on school grounds unless supervised by a parent / caregiver.
Parents / caregivers who collect students each afternoon are asked to ensure that their children are not left waiting for long periods of time after school. Children who have not been collected by parents / caregivers by 3.30pm will be sent to the Front Office and may be sent to Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) where supervision costs are incurred, if this happens regularly.
It is essential for the safety of our students that parents park in designated areas close to the school and adhere to parking and traffic rules and regulations.