Absences from School
Regular attendance at school is essential for students to maximise their potential. Schools, in partnership with parents, are responsible for promoting the regular attendance of students. While parents are legally responsible for the regular attendance of their children, school staff, as part of their duty of care, monitor part as well as whole day absences.’ (1.1 CSO Broken Bay Guidelines). CSO Broken Bay Attendance Policy
At OLOR, we have procedures in place to ensure these guidelines are strictly adhered to. These guidelines guarantee that our class rolls are correct as they are legal documents. For safety reasons, if a person other than the parent is to collect your child, please inform the office first.
OLOR absence procedures:
Absent from school: In the event of your child being absent from school, the parent is required to notify the school before 9.30am by phone or via the Skoolbag App. If we do not receive notification, an SMS will be sent to all parents requesting an explanation of a child’s absence.
Should we not receive a response to the SMS, it is the parents responsibility to send a written explanation to the school within 7 days of the student’s return to school.
Late arrival to school: When a student arrives at school after 8.45am, parents are to go to the school office and sign the late attendance form which acknowledges the partial absence. The student then takes this slip to the class teacher where the partial absence is recorded in the class roll.
Early departures: If a student needs to leave school early, parents need to go to the office to obtain and sign the form provided. The office staff will then contact the classroom and the student will come to the office with their bag.
Partial absence during the day: Parents need to go to the office to obtain and sign the form provided. On return to school, the parent needs to go to the school office and sign the form which will acknowledge the child’s return to school that day.
Requesting leave: Applications for extended leave for over 10 days from school, need to be made in advance in writing to the School Principal.
Changing schools: When a student leaves the school they are required to notify the school of their intended leaving date in writing and complete a school leaver’s form provided by the school office.
Extended Absences: If you are aware that your child will be away for a number of days it is necessary to inform the class teacher in writing. Supplying work for students on extended absences is possible but not always practical given that children need to be present for the learning cycle and instructions etc. Please discuss suitable activities if needed with your class teacher.
With these guidelines we are now required to notify CSO of all prolonged absences and partial absences.
These guidelines are in place for the safety of the students and we thank you for your cooperation with these procedures.