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Recording and following up student absences

All schools are required to mark rolls daily in accordance with departmental procedures.

Timely follow-up is a key preventative strategy in reducing absenteeism. Schools are to notify parents of an unexplained absence of their child as soon as practicable on the day of the student's absence (allowing time for parents to respond prior to the end of the school day), with continued follow up as practicable with parents. It makes it harder for students to miss school without being detected. It also enables parents who may not be aware that their children are absent to take action.

'Consistent and persistent' follow up is a key strategy employed by many schools that have seen significant improvements in attendance.

Some ideas which may assist schools to record and follow up student absences are listed below. These ideas have been collected from Queensland schools, nationally, and internationally. Schools will need to consider local circumstances, priorities, age of students etc in determining which (if any) of these ideas might be useful in the local context:

Ensure casual and relieving teachers are provided with rolls for relevant classes.

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This page was last reviewed on 11 Jul 2016 at 09:28AM

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Managing Student Absences and Enforcing Enrolment and Attendance at State Schools

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