- The Education Act requires all students of school age to be enrolled in and attend school. Students’
attendances are recorded daily and absences are monitored.
- Parents/Guardians/Carers are legally responsible for ensuring their child attends school and are
required to ensure the school is informed verbally or in writing of the reason for any absence. In a
note explaining the absence there should be: the date(s) of the absence; the reason for the absence
and the Parent’s/Guardian’s signature.
- Partnerships with WA Police, Department of Communities will be engaged in 2019 as per policy for
those students falling in the ‘at risk’ category of less than 90% attendance. To stay above this,
students cannot afford to miss more than 3-4 days a term. This is an essential point to note for your
students educational future.
- Any family holidays which occur during the term should be discussed with the Principal prior to
departure. The Attendance Officer has made it clear that being absent from school to depart earlier
for a holiday (even a day) is not considered a reasonable excuse. It is considered that given there is
a two or six week time allocated to school holidays travel time should not require absence from
- Eastern Wheatbelt Education Network (EWEN) Attendance Strategy – the Network has written to
local businesses across the Eastern Wheatbelt and gained their support not to serve school
students during school hours unless they have an official out of school pass.
As a parent, you are required by the School Education Act 1999 to ensure your child attends school every
day that the school is open for instruction (Section 23). Principals are responsible for monitoring and
accurately recording the attendance of every student enrolled at their school in accordance with Section 28
of the School Education Act 1999. If a student is absent, a responsible person, usually the parent, must
notify the principal of the reason for the student’s absence as soon as practical. If a student is prevented
from attending school due to illness, the principal is authorised by the School Education Act 1999 to request
a medical certificate from a registered medical practitioner.
Lesson attendance codes are used by all Western Australian public schools to record the reason for every
half-day absence. The use of these codes is determined by the principal. Accurate record-keeping ensures
principals can identify patterns of absence at both a school and individual student level and implement
appropriate measures to restore attendance where there is cause for concern. Absences are grouped as
either 'authorised' or 'unauthorised' according to whether they meet the requirements of excusing a student
from attendance pursuant to Section 25 of the School Education Act 1999. The total half-day absences are
displayed on your child's school report each semester.