At Ormiston State School, our aim is to maximise student achievement. One way to facilitate this is through attendance and participation. Our target this year is to ensure there are no unexplained absences for any student at our school.
Reporting Student Absence
Procedures - SMS System School starts at 8:50am and teachers now must have their class rolls marked online by 9:00am. If your child is not present by 8.50am, they will be marked as an unexplained absence. Information provided by parents regarding the absence of their children either by phone, email or in person over the counter in the office will then be used by Admin to update the absence details. Please do not rely on a verbal conversation with a teacher.
Admin will check emails and the absentee line by 9am at the latest in order to do this. Once this has been done, parents of any children with an unexplained absence for the day will then be sent an SMS message informing them of the absence. You will then need to reply to this message, confirming your knowledge of the absence and the reason.
If you are unaware of your child's absence please contact the school immediately, do not just reply to the SMS.
Below are outlined the new expectations of what to do if your child is late or absent to ensure you do not receive these messages.
If your child is running late If your child arrives at school after 8:55am, you will be asked to obtain a “late slip” from the office. Please make sure you do this before your child goes to class, as their teacher will not accept them into the room without a late slip. Their attendance at school will be recorded/amended when this late slip is printed.
If you can email, phone and leave a message that your child will be late we will not have a need to send an SMS.
If your child is absent
You must ring the absentee line before 9:00am on 3824 9166 or email the school on firstname.lastname@example.org
(copying in your class teacher as well) before 9am, identifying your child’s name, class and reason why they are absent.
Informing the teacher about your child’s absence via conversation on the day or by note afterwards is not sufficient.