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Student Attendance

Attendance at school is compulsory and is a shared responsibility between staff, schools and parents. Everyone has a role to ensure that students attend school all day, every day unless they are ill or have an approved exemption.

Research shows that attendance at school all day and every day positively affects learning, wellbeing, employment and life outcomes for children and young people.

Student Attendance
Attendance at school is compulsory and is a shared responsibility between staff, schools and parents. Everyone has a role to ensure that students attend school all day, every day unless they are ill or have an approved exemption.

Research shows that attendance at school all day and every day positively affects learning, wellbeing, employment and life outcomes for children and young people.

”Learning is cumulative and every day at school matters..”

School starts at 8.50am each day and finishes at 3.15pm. Students are to arrive at school between 8.35am and 8.50am and leave the school grounds by 3.30pm at the end of the day.
They are to arrive at school and all lessons and activities on time and participate productively in all learning activities.

Students arriving late or departing early must be signed in or out by a parent/carer in the Front Office. Parents need to provide a valid reason to the school explaining why their child is absent, late or leaving early, which will be documented and communicated to the teacher and the department.

Absence due to illness

Children cannot attend school when they are unwell. If a child arrives at school and presents unwell or becomes unwell as the day progresses, staff will contact parents/carers to collect their child.

Exemption

The Principal has the authority to approve exemption from school.

Whyalla Town Primary School requires an exemption for planned absences for reasons including; Travel/Family Holiday or Medical reasons. Parents must apply for an exemption in writing and the Principal will advise them of the decision. A copy is kept in the student record file.