Under the Education ACT (1990) all students between the ages of 6 and 17
must attend school every day unless there is a justified reason (which
must be given to the school within seven days).
At Karabar High School the school day begins at 9:00am
and ends at 3:00pm. It is essential that students arrive
at school on time so their attendance is registered and they do not miss
any important learning time.
School hours at Karabar
1 or 2 days a week doesn't seem much, but...
Just a little bit late doesn't seem much, but...
Explained vs justified absences
Parents are required to explain absences within a SEVEN day period. This
can be done via Skoolbag, the Parent Portal, a note or a phone call to the
front office (6298 4333). The NSW Education Act requires all absences that
have not been explained within SEVEN calendar days to be permanently
recorded as 'unjustified'.
There are a limited number of reasons which justify an absence from
school. In some circumstances, even though a reason has been provided,
the absence will still be recorded as 'unjustified' because the reason
does not count as a valid reason as per Department of Education policy.
What are valid reasons?
The two most common reasons for student absence are 'sick' and 'leave'.
Sick: The student's absence is due to sickness or as the result of a
medical appointment. Principals may request a medical certificate in
addition to explanations if the explanation is doubted, or the student
has a history of unsatisfactory attendance
Leave: The student's absence is due to an incident such as a serious
illness of an immediate family member or attendance at a funeral and the
explanation provided has been accepted by the principal.
Families are encouraged to travel during the NSW school holidays. If
travel outside of NSW school holiday periods is necessary, the family
must apply to the principal for approval beforehand. If the family does
not apply for leave, or it is not approved, the absences from school will
Students are expected to be at school by 9:00am each morning in time for
Period 1. If a student is late to school they need to sign in at the
front office to receive a late note. Parents are expected to provide a
reason for their child's lateness. If a valid reason is not provided, the
absence will be recorded as 'unjustified'.
If a student needs to leave early (eg, for a doctor's appointment), they
need to bring a note from home and take it to class with them to show
their teacher when it is time for them to leave. They then need to go to
the front office where they will be provided with a printout and signed
out of school. Students who do not sign out properly will have their
leave recorded as 'unjustified'.
If a student is feeling sick they should talk to their classroom teacher
first who will send the student to sick bay if necessary. If office staff
feel it is in your child's best interest to go home they will contact
you. Students are not to use their mobile phones to organise being picked
up during school hours.