Absence/Late Notification

Notifying the School of your Child’s Absence

Students are not to be dropped off at school before 8am.

If your child is going to be absent  you are required to notify the school office. Failure to do this will result in an email or text message being sent via our student early notification system and if necessary a phone call to follow up.

It is important to note that if your child does arrive after the 8.55am bell they must report directly to the school office where a late pass will be issued.

 

Notification of a students absence must be given every day that the student is away, unless an arrangement has been made with the school.

 


 

Absence notification may be done in one of these ways:

  • Via our school absence line – Ph 478 6239 and press 1

If you experience any problems or need further information, please contact the school office on 478 6239 Ext 700

Lateness and High-frequency absences Policy

All children have a right to quality education. When a student develops a pattern of lateness or high-frequency absences, this impinges on that right. It is the role of the parent(s) / caregiver(s) to ensure that their child is regularly attending school on time. The following are the steps that Murrays Bay School has in place to support those children who develop a pattern of Lateness or High-frequency Absence.

Lateness

A pattern of lateness at Murrays Bay School shall be defined as:
“When a student has been late 2 or more times over 2 consecutive weeks”

If a pattern of lateness is emerging, it is an expectation that the Deputy Prinicipal will make contact with home to seek a reason and ensure that the student is at school by 8:45am.

Steps on behalf of the school shall be:

First instance: Letter home from Deputy Principal.

Second Instance: Phone call from Deputy Principal

Third Instance: Second and final letter from Deputy Principal (notification of North shore Students Services being involved in the next instance)

Fourth Instance: Referral to North Shore Student Services

High Frequency Absences

A pattern of high-frequency absence at Murrays Bay School shall be defined as:
“When the school has a concern that a student’s pattern of unjustified absences is impinging on that child’s right to a quality education”.

If a pattern of high-frequency absence is emerging, it is an expectation that the Deputy Principal will make contact with home to seek a reason and attempt to improve attendance.

Steps on behalf of the school shall be
:

First instance: Letter home from Deputy Principal.

Second Instance: Phone call from Deputy Principal

Third Instance: Referral to North Shore Student Services