ASCC Attendance Policy

Important information about school attendance requirements

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of expectations relating to your son or daughters attendance, especially since changes were enforced by the government for 2012 and beyond. Please note that new procedures for applying for holidays during school time (even for one day) are outlined below.

The compulsory years of schooling

In New South Wales, all children from six years of age are legally required to attend school (or be registered for home IMG_0648schooling). After they complete Year 10 and until they turn 17 years of age, students then have the following options. They may also be in:

  • full-time further education and training (e.g. TAFE, traineeship, apprenticeship)
  • full-time, paid employment of an average of 25 hours per week; or
  • a combination of both of the above.
 Children are expected to attend all school activities, on time.

Is it possible to apply for exemption from enrolment due to a full-time apprenticeship or traineeship?

Parents/carers of students not yet 17 years of age may apply for a full-time apprenticeship or traineeship before completing Year 10 but must do so in close liaison with the College Principal. Approval will mean exemption from attendance at school.

NOTE: This is not an automatic process and each case will be judged by the principal on its merits. TAFE contracts and other evidence are required.

Is it possible to apply for exemption from attendance due to a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship?

Parents/carers of students not yet 17 years of age may apply for a part-time apprenticeship or traineeship before completing Year 10 but must do so in close liaison with the College Principal. Approval will mean an exemption from attendance to attend TAFE/work for up to 50 days.

NOTE: This is not an automatic process and each case will be judged by the principal on its merits. TAFE contracts and other evidence are required.

  • Why is regular attendance Important?
  • Regular attendance helps your child:
  • develop the skills needed to access the world of work and other opportunities
  • learn the importance of punctuality and routine
  • make and keep friendships.

IMG_1233What if my child has to be away from school?

If your child has to be absent from school, you must tell
 the school and provide a reason for your child’s absence.

To explain an absence a parent / carer must supply a note of explanation on the day a student returns to school. The signed note must have the date(s) of absence clearly marked as well as a reason for the absence. The note should be given to the Pastoral teacher. Parents or carers who have difficulty with written English are asked to provide a note written by themselves in their own language and have their son write a translation for the note.

A small number of absences may be accepted by the Principal. For example:

  • misadventure or unforeseen event
  • participation in special events not related to the school
  • domestic necessity such as serious illness of an immediate family member
  • attendance at funerals
  • recognised religious festivals or ceremonial occasions

How do I apply for ‘Exemptions from attendance’?

Exemption from attendance at school is granted to students who, for acceptable reasons not exceeding 50 days in a calendar year, need to be absent for:

  • Exceptional domestic circumstances (e.g. family holiday of one day or more that cannot otherwise be taken during normal vacation time)
  • employment in the entertainment industry / participation in non-school elite sporting events or other activities
  • Some other event not covered by illness or misadventure provisions

A student applies for exemption from attendance by submitting a completed Application for Exemption from Attendance at School (Form A.1) which is collected from the Year Coordinator and passed to the Assistant Principal via the Office.

If the Principal (via the Assistant Principal) approves the exemption:

  1. A Certificate of Exemption from Attendance at School (Form C.1) will be issued
  2. Exemption from attendance will not be granted during exam blocks, unless under special circumstances
  3. The relevant Year Coordinator and Pastoral teacher will be advised (by the Assistant Principal) that the Attendance Roll will be marked accordingly

PLEASE NOTE: Exemption from attendance cannot be approved retrospectively. Failure to submit this form beforehand will mean that the absence is recorded as non-explained/unjustified.

IMG_7594Why is it important to be at school on time?

Students who are chronically late to school:

  • Develop bad habits around punctuality that can stay with them for life
  • Miss a lot of school and run the risk of falling behind
  • Partial absences are recorded on College Reports and may be a cause for concern for potential employers

NOTE: Students who are late to school will have their Diary stamped by Office staff. They will also complete a “Late Arrivals/Early Leavers” slip that they take to class with them and show their teacher. This lateness record is also logged against the electronic student attendance record.

What are school principals responsible for?

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Principals help to ensure the safety, welfare and wellbeing of your child. Principals have to keep accurate records of student attendance and the reasons for any absences. Principals
 are responsible for accepting or not accepting a parent’s explanations for their child’s absences. Principals may request further information from parents for long or frequent absences, even when they are explained by parents as being due to illness.
  • When absences are unexplained by parents, or the explanations are not accepted by the Principal, the school will work with parents to help address the issue. The main aim is to sort out what is preventing the child from getting to school and putting strategies in place to help. Sometimes the school will ask support staff and other agencies to assist.

What might happen if my child continues to have unacceptable absences?

It is important to understand that the NSW Department of Education and Communities (DEC) may take further action where children of compulsory school age have recurring numbers of unexplained or unacceptable absences from school. Some of the following actions may be undertaken:

  • Attendance meetings and compulsory Attendance Conferences
  • Applications to the children’s court – A compulsory schooling order
  • Prosecution in the local court