Missing school means your child misses out on vital information and maintaining learning routines. This can result in a loss of confidence and missing out on forming vital friendships.
Attendance is recorded each day. As a parent or caregiver you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day, including sports days unless your child:
- has an unavoidable medical or dental appointment (preferably these should be made after school or during holidays)
- is required to attend a recognised religious holiday
- is required to attend an exceptional or urgent family circumstance (such as attending a funeral)
- is sick, or has an infectious illness.
Students need to attend school regularly to meet the course requirements of the Higher School Certificate.
If you are having difficulty getting your child to attend school regularly, you might like to talk to the school principal or the school counsellor.
If your child has to be absent from school for any reason, including arriving late or leaving early, please either tell your child's teacher or the administration assistant at our school, or explain the reason by phone, email, or written note as soon as possible and within seven days.
A computer based attendance system operates at Seven Hills High School. All students will be photographed and will receive an ID card to use with the system. The barcode on the card is also used for borrowing books from the school Library and is readily accepted as an ID for student concessions when required. The cost of student cards have been met with the initial outlay, but the cost of a replacement card is $1.00 per card.
Arrival after Roll Call means that a student is late, and they use their ID card to swipe into the attendance system. The system is held at the Rolls Office, so that is where students go if they are late. The swipe card is only used when a student arrives late or leaves early. Otherwise attendance is marked by their Roll Call teacher in the Roll Call room.
The school monitors lateness to school closely. Students who are late frequently can expect that their parents to be contacted and that they will be required to complete a before school detention.
Parents have only seven days to explain the absence. They may phone the school or send an absentee note to explain the absence. If the school cannot get in contact with you by phone, they will send an absentee letter requesting an explanation.
The Principal has the discretion not to accept the explanation for absence. In most cases the school will accept your explanation, however, the school also may require you to submit a medical certificate or sign a statutory declaration. An example might be where a parent states their child will not be attending the school sports carnival.
If a student has seen a doctor, it is advisable to obtain a medical certificate. Students in Years 9 and 10 are required to have medical certificates when unable to complete assessment tasks on certain days and also applying for illness/misadventure.
Parents are required to contact the principal if a family holiday takes place during the school term. An exemption from attendance certificate will be required for an extended period of absence.
The school notifies Centrelink on the attendance of students. Where student attendance is below the specified rate as indicated in the program, then payments may be terminated by Centrelink. It is essential that any absences are explained to the school as the school cannot make changes after seven days.
Students should only be absent from school if they are sick or if there is a family emergency. Upon returning to school, students must bring a note of explanation signed by parents or care givers and must include dates of the absences. These should be given to the Roll Call teacher on the first day back at school. Parents may also be sent an SMS from the school informing them that their student is absent and an explanation can be returned to the school in the form of a SMS. Students who are frequently absent or who do not explain their absences may be referred to the HSLO (Home School Liaison Officer).
- The school is required to notify Community Services/Child Wellbeing Unit if a student's attendance rate is below 70%.
Unexplained absences of students may lead to the involvement of the Home School Liaison Officer which can lead to prosecution and/or Centrelink which can then affect payments.