Attendance Policy and Procedures

​​​​St Francis Xavier Primary School recognises that every day of attendance in school contributes towards a student’s learning and that maximising school attendance enhances academic outcomes.

Purp​​ose

The purpose of this policy is to document obligations and procedures that must be followed. 

Obligations​​

Our school has a responsibility to record student attendance and respond to instances of irregular attendance.  It is important for our school to investigate the patterns and underlying causes of non-attendance so that appropriate strategies addressing the specific type of absenteeism can be implemented.
 
Our school, and by virtue of their employment, our teachers, are legally required to monitor and record attendance of students in their care on a daily basis, whether absent or present in class, on excursion or at a school based activity.
 
Legal guardians of children have a legal obligation, as set out in the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006, to ensure a child is enrolled at and attends school.
 
Class rolls, whether electronic or paper based, can be subpoenaed and assist in establishing that a school
has met their common law duty of care to students. Attendance records are required as part of a school’s Workplace Health and Safety requirements and can be a critical factor in identifying serious student protection concerns. In addition, student attendance records are used for student reporting, fee allocation and government reporting.

Attendance procedures​ 

Att​endance marking

​​​​Rolls must be marked twice a day:

  • ​AM rolls by 9.00am
  • PM rolls after second break and by 2.30pm

​Rolls will be checked by ​the APA daily. Teachers will be emailed/called as a reminder if rolls are not marked.  If rolls are frequently not marked this information will be passed onto the school principal.

​Each day at 10am an automated text message will be sent to all parents whose children are marked as an unexplained absence.

​Incorrectly marked rolls will be corrected by the teacher responsible for the class.

There is a provision for specialist teachers to mark rolls if required by a leadership team member.

Present categories

Students who are:
  • ​in class will be marked ‘Present – In Class’
  • participating in activities (excursion, camps, sport and/ or cultural activities) will be marked accordingly by the teacher responsible for the activity depending on the time of departure. For example:
    • if activity begins after 8.45am, the classroom teacher marks the roll. 
    • if activity begins before 8.45am the teacher responsible for the activity marks the roll.
These attendance categories must not be changed, unless the student is present in class and then the category should be changed to ‘Present - In Class’.​

Absent categ​​ories

Students who are:
  • ​not in class, and notification has not been received from a Legal Guardian, will be marked ‘Absent – Unexplained’
  • not in class and notification has been received from a Legal Guardian advising the student is unwell, will be marked ‘Absent – Illness’. Other absence reasons will be marked accordingly e.g. ‘Appointment’, ‘Personal/Family’
When marking the roll, if teachers have received written information from legal guardians regarding a student’s absence from school, they should enter the details into a log in eMinerva.
 
If legal guardians have informed the school office of the absence, the secretary will enter these details into a log in eMinerva.
 
Class teachers should enter any information regarding future planned absences of students by entering a notified absence into eMinerva.
 
For planned absences longer than two days an absence notification form is to be completed and returned to the school office.​
 
Students will only be marked as ‘Absent - Internal Suspension/external suspension’ upon instruction from a leadership team member.​

Unexplained absences

An unexplained absence occurs when the student is not present at school and the legal guardian does not contact the school.
 
Class teachers will follow up any unexplained absences of more than two days, by emailing a leadership team member who will make contact with the student’s legal guardians. When an explanation has been received, this is to be added to eMinerva.
 
Past unexplained absences are indicated by the red unexplained absence alert icon on class rolls. When teachers receive written explanation of the absence from the student’s legal guardians they must update the absence category in eMinerva and include any details in a log.​

​Late arrivals

A student is considered to have arrived late any time after the 8.35 am bell.
 
All students arriving between 8.35am and 8.45am must report to the school office to collect a blue slip. This blue slip must be handed to the class teacher. After 8.45am the student must be signed in by a legal guardian at the School Office which is entered into eMinerva as late.
 
School office staff will inform leadership about students arriving after 8.45am without an accompanying legal guardian. A member of the leadership team will address this matter with the legal guardian.
 
If teachers observe a student has made a habit of arriving late or is late for three consecutive days, they will contact a member of the leadership team who will contact the student’s legal guardian.​

Early departures

​A student is considered to be leaving early any time before 2.55pm.
 
As with late arrivals, all students leaving early must be signed out at the school office by a legal guardian.
 
The early departure information will be entered by office staff.​

Non-marking of electronic roll

If the school computer system is offline, hard copies of all class rolls will be provided by the school office. Once the system is online the teacher will mark the roll in eMinerva. This may be done the next day if necessary.

Emergencies 
In the event of an evacuation, hard copies of rolls will be taken to the evacuation area to be marked by teachers. Teacher will advise the evacuation coordinator of any unexplained absentees.
 
During a lockdown the roll will be marked accordingly.​

Activities

An activity will be entered into eMinerva for students attending excursions, camps and other school based activities.
 
Activities will be marked by the staff member responsible for the event, e.g. Present - Sport/Arts; Present - Excursion. This attendance category will inherit through the rest of the student’s timetable for the day.
 
These attendance categories must not be changed, unless the student is present at school and then the category should be changed to ‘Present – In Class’.​

Attendance marking training

School leadership will provide attendance marking training to teaching staff annually.
 
School leadership will ensure all staff receive a written copy of the Attendance Policy and Procedures document and will review this document annually.
 
A copy of the Attendance Policy and Procedures document will be included in Relief staff folders.​

​Relief staff

Relief staff will collect a paper roll on arrival, mark and return to the school office by 9am. Office staff will enter the data and return the paper roll to the relief teacher for the 2.30pm marking. The roll will be returned to the school office and data input completed by office staff by 3.30pm.
 
Alternatively, relief staff will have access to the school portal and eMinerva using their own BCE username and password and are to mark attendance in eMinerva for each class they are supervising.​

Part-time stu​dents

Part time students will sign in and out of the school office on arrival or departure as per arrangements made.​

Mobile Attendance Applic​ation 

Teaching staff wishing to use this application can access it by using the URL https://staffportal.bne.catholic.edu.au/mawa and entering their own BCE username and password. The User Guide - Mobile Attendance Applications should be read prior to use.​

​​​Other​

In the event of an evacuation, paper copies of rolls will be taken to the evacuation area and marked by class teachers. Class teachers will advise the evacuation coordinator of any unexplained absentees.
 
During a lockdown the roll will be marked.​



​11 July 2016