# Same-Day Notification of Unexplained Student Absences

Protecting the safety and well-being of children through the reporting and monitoring of absenteeism is the responsibility of both parents/carers and schools.  Notifying the school of your child’s absence either prior to, or on the day that they will be away, helps ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and will fulfil your legal responsibility.

 

All Victorian government schools are required to contact parents/carers as soon as practicable on the same day of an unexplained student absence. If your child is sick or absent, you are required to notify the school as soon as possible on the day of absence.  Please remember to log your child’s absence using COMPASS. 

Where you are unable to log onto COMPASS please call the school on 9885 3624.  

 

Our school will text you as soon as practicable on the day if your child is not at school and you haven’t notified the school as to why. If you are notified by the school that your child is away without a reason, please contact us as soon as possible on 9885 3624 by  to let us know where your child is. If we cannot reach you because we don’t have your correct contact details (i.e.: message notification fail, disconnected number), then we will make contact with any emergency contact/s nominated on your child’s file held by the school, where possible, on the same day of the unexplained absence.

 

Please remember it is your responsibility to contact us to provide an explanation for your child's absence from school, and where possible, please inform us in advance of upcoming absences.

For further information please refer to the Fact Sheet in School Documentation in COMPASS.

If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact the school office on 9885 3624.

 

FACT SHEET FOR PARENTS