Attendance

Alvie Primary School formed in 1957 by the amalgamation of many small district schools. Past students remember Alvie Primary School as an important part of their lives, proudly supporting and serving local rural communities.

In accordance with the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic), schooling is compulsory for children and young people aged from 6 to 17 years unless an exemption has been granted.

Parents/carers must enrol a child of compulsory school age at a registered school and ensure the child attends school at all times when the school is open for instruction.

Daily attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they do not fall behind both socially and developmentally. School participation maximises life opportunities for children and young people by providing them with education and support networks. School helps people to develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them up for further learning and participation in their community. 

Students are expected to attend Alvie Primary School during normal school hours every day of each term unless:

  • there is an approved exemption from school attendance or attendance and enrolment for the student, or
  • the student is registered for home schooling and has only a partial enrolment in a school for particular activities

All schools must:

  • have an Attendance Policy as part of their Student Engagement Policy
  • maintain attendance records
  • identify and follow up unexplained absences
  • record student attendance twice per day in primary schools and in every class in secondary schools
  • record, in writing, the reason given for each absence
  • advise parents/carers of unexplained absences, as soon as practicable on the same day of the absence, including for post-compulsory aged student

Procedure to report an absence

It is the parent / carer’s responsibility to seek an approved exemption for student absence as soon as possible.  The principal or delegate will follow guidelines and use discretion when allowed.

    Unplanned absence 

    Sometimes children need to be absent for reasons outside parent/carer control, for example: sickness / injury; contagious infection; head lice; a disastrous event. 

    Approval can be sought by:

    • Registering the absence in the Compass App.
    • Or, if that is not possible, calling the school and advising the reason for absence.
    • A member of staff will advise you whether the absence has been approved.

    Planned absence – short

    Occasionally parents/carers have no choice but to have their children engage in certain short-term activities during school hours.   For example: medical appointments; funerals; orientation at secondary school.

    Approval can be sought by:

    • Registering the absence in the Compass App.
    • Or, if that is not possible, calling the school and advising the reason for absence.
    • A member of staff will advise you whether the absence has been approved.

    Extended planned absence

    Occasionally parents/carers require extended absences to occur, such as family holidays.  The process to seek approval for this type of absence requires a conversation with the school principal.  The principal will work with the classroom teacher, the student and the parent/carer to negotiate some continuation of learning during the holiday period.

    Approval can be sought by:

    • Registering the absence in the Compass App, well before the planned extended absence.
    • AND, speaking directly with the principal.