Student Absences

"It’s not O.K. to be away and it's not great to be late"

Sunbury West Primary School follows the Department of Early Education and Childhood Development (DEECD) program of raising awareness in schools and the community about the importance of regular school attendance through its "It's not OK to be away" initiative.

Research clearly shows a high link between absenteeism and poor school performance. Children who are regularly absent have a disproportionate level of educational and social disadvantage and often leave secondary school at the earliest possible opportunity.

Every single day at school is extremely important, hence the motto: “It’s not O.K. to be away.”

Regular attendance is important as it helps school progress, social adjustment and the development of dependability. However, home is the place for a sick child. A sick child cannot work well and may pass his/her illness onto other children and staff. We ask that when your child returns to school after an absence, that you send a note to school. If your child is going to be absent for a long period of time, we ask parents to please notify their child's teacher.

If your child is absent and we have not received an explaination by 10.00am you will receive a system generated SMS from Campass asking you to log your child's absence on Compass.

If your child is absent for more than three consecutive days, please phone the school. 


You can notify the school of any absence via Compass or send the teacher a written note.


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