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School absenteeism and truancy can impact significantly on students' learning and wellbeing.

Research shows that in Queensland, higher student attendance is associated, on average, with higher student achievement. Additionally, attending school every day helps children to build social and emotional skills such as communication, teamwork and resilience.

Under the law, you must make sure your child is enrolled and attends school on all school days unless there is a reasonable excuse. Schools must monitor attendance of students and follow up with parents and caregivers any unexplained absences.

If your child does not want to go to school, or is missing school without you knowing, contact your school immediately for assistance and support.

Schools will:

You can find detailed information in this area including:

Regular school attendance Microsoft® Word document292K
Anxiety about going to school Adobe PDF document291K
Preparing your child for high school Adobe PDF document263K
How can I get my teenager to go to school? Adobe PDF document313K
Posters for schools, parents, caregivers and the community

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This page was last reviewed on 28 Feb 2018

Related links

Managing Student Absences and Enforcing Enrolment and Attendance at State Schools

Parent and Community Engagement Framework

Resources for parents and carers

Video resources Also available on DET TV

Attendance routines from prep

Attendance: it all adds up

Attending every day

Every day counts

Every Day Counts: Johnathon Thurston Campaign

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