Attendance & absences

Children are required by law to attend school regularly.  If a child is absent, a note explaining the reason for absence should be given to the teacher on the child's return to school.  At Tacoma Public School we have access to a Home School Liaison Officer who is available to assist children with attendance problems.

No school child is allowed to leave the school premises during school hours unless the principal has given permission.  Children arriving late to school must be signed in at the office before proceeding to class.  Any student leaving school early must be signed out by the parent/carer or nominated representative.

To ensure your child's safety, it is important to advise the school should their be Court Orders relative to the student.

Missing school means your child misses out on vital information and maintaining learning routines. This can result in a loss of confidence and missing out on forming vital friendships.

Attendance is recorded each day. As a parent or caregiver you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day, including sports days unless your child:

  • has an unavoidable medical or dental appointment (preferably these should be made after school or during holidays)
  • is required to attend a recognised religious holiday
  • is required to attend an exceptional or urgent family circumstance (such as attending a funeral)
  • is sick, or has an infectious illness.

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 has to be absent from school for any reason, including arriving late or leaving early, please either tell your child's teacher or the administration assistant at our school, or explain the reason by phone, email, or written note as soon as possible and within seven days.