Coledale Public School

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Absences from school

In NSW students must attend school regularly. This means all children between the ages of 6 and 17 are legally required to attend school., including sports days.

For the benefit of all children, parents or carers should ensure their child attends school regularly. Attendance is recorded daily and a ‘roll call’ is usually conducted before the first lesson of the day begins. You can call the school if your child is unwell, let us know with the SchoolBytes app, or via email that your child is too unwell for school. Any absence from school should be explained within seven days of absence.

If children miss out on school they miss out on vital information, their learning routine is broken, they can lose confidence and they miss out on building up friendships. When your child attends school every day, learning becomes easier and your child will build and maintain friendships with other children.

If you are having difficulty getting your child to attend school regularly, you might like to talk to the school principal or the school counsellor. If your child is absent from school for more than three days and we have not heard from you, we will make contact for an explanation of the absence.

If you can only arrange your family holiday during school time, you should inform the school principal in advance and request leave for periods of more than one week. You can ask the school to provide work that can be completed while your child is absent.

Information for parents - attendance_parents.pdf (

Late arrivals and early leavers.

Students arriving after the bell at 9:00 am must report to the office with a parent where they can collect a late slip before going to class. Parents are also asked to attend the office if they are collecting their child before the end of day.