Parents who have a child of the compulsory school age have a legal obligation to ensure their child attends, on every school day for the educational program, unless the parent has a reasonable excuse. Parents may be prosecuted if they do not fulfil their legal obligations in regard to enrolment and attendance of their child at school.
Reporting Absences: Regular attendance at school is important to the continuity of progress of each child. Frequent absences have a definite effect on progress and often are a direct cause of failure in school Key Learning Areas. Parents must comply with their compulsory schooling obligation by providing a satisfactory reason for absences either before or on the day of the absence. Reasons for any absence must be communicated to the school office either via telephone on the Student Absence Line (ph 3711 8360), in written form, through QParents or by emailing the school on firstname.lastname@example.org
Late Arrivals: Students who arrive after 8:30am to school must be accompanied by a parent to the office to collect a late slip from the administration staff. Parents must provide a reason for the late arrival.
Early Departures: Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds during school hours without approval. Early departures require a parent/guardian or emergency contact to collect the student from the office. Parents must provide a satisfactory reason for the early departure. Under no circumstances is a child to leave the school ground without the parent/guardian or emergency contact making the office aware of this.
Absence Text Messages: RHSS has recently implemented a text messaging system to order to notify parents of student's absences. If your child does not arrive at school and no reason for the absence has been given, the nominated parent/caregiver will be sent a text message by 10.00am requesting a reason for the absence. It is then the parent/caregivers responsibility to reply to this text message, providing a reasonable reason for the absence.