Attendance and sick days

Going to school every day is important, and Kindergarten will set your child up for the rest of their schooling. However, sometimes your child may become sick at school or may be too sick to attend.

What your child learns each day builds on what they learned the day before. If your child misses school, their learning routine is broken, so they can lose confidence and miss out on building their friendships.

You have a legal responsibility to send your children to school every school day.

What to do if your child is too unwell

If your child misses school due to illness, religious reasons or family circumstances, talk to your child's teacher and remember to send a signed note explaining the reason for their absence.

If your child arrives at school late or needs to leave early, you will need to go to the office to sign your child in or out.

If you're having difficulty getting your child to school every day and on time, talk to the teacher or principal.

If your child is sick at school

If your child gets sick or injured at school, the school will contact you. If your child is ill, they will go to an area where they can lie down and be monitored. You will be called to come and collect your child if they are too sick to go back to the classroom. It is important to keep your contact details up to date with the school, including an alternative contact - such as a relative or neighbour - so the school can call should you be unavailable.

If your child is sick at home

From time to time your child may get sick and display symptoms that mean it's best to keep them away from school and see your doctor.

Some of these symptoms include:

  • a fever of 38C or above
  • vomiting or diarrhoea
  • severe cold or flu symptoms
  • rashes of an unknown origin.

Find out more about when you need to keep your child home from school.

Supporting attendance - what you can do

Learn more about your role and strategies you can use to support your child's attendance at school.

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If your child doesn't want to go to school, talk to them and try to find out why. There are wellbeing support services offered at schools that can assist.

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