Churchlands Primary School

Student Absence Procedure

Under the Department of Education and Training regulations, the only acceptable reasons for absence from school are:  illness or associated appointments – notification is required for each absence.
Parents are required to advise the school whenever a child will not be attending school, the expected length of the absence and the reason for the absence. Where an absence is planned we require a note to the class teacher before the absence. When an absence is unplanned e.g sickness or family matters, it is important the school is notified before 8:45am. Parents can notify the school by sending an SMS message to 0408 905 268. If it is not possible to SMS the school, a phone call to 9383 9022 is required. If a student is absent at 10.00am and there has been no notification an SMS message will be sent to the parents mobile phone requesting a return message advising us as to the reason for the absence.
The Principal does not have the authority to approve absences for family holidays, etc and absences of this nature remain the responsibility of the parent.  Where this does occur, however, we would appreciate prior notice in writing.  Parents collecting students from school for appointments that fall during school hours are to notify the class teacher in writing prior to the appointment.  Students are to be collected from the classroom teacher and returned to the class room by the parent after the appointment if returning to school. The class teacher will provide the student with a signed leave pass.

Late Arrival

Students must be in class ready to start at 8:45am. Students who arrive late to school (after 8:45am will be marked absent if not present at the time of the roll being taken) you must report to the office to receive a ‘Late Note’ and take this to the class teacher, this also changes the status of the child to "present" and notifies the school that they have actually arrived.