Even with a supportive school environment, interesting learning opportunities, and clear attendance policy, there will be some students who require additional assistance or encouragement to attend school regularly.
School staff may need to work with these students and their families to help identify the reasons for poor attendance, promote the benefits of attending school, identify attendance and achievement goals, and develop a realistic plan for improving attendance.
Frequent unexplained absences from school may indicate that a student or their family has other issues which need to be addressed before attendance will improve (e.g. access to uniforms, school shoes, or transport).
Where there is no reasonable excuse for the child's non-attendance, the department may refer parents to the Queensland Police Service for prosecution, in accordance with Managing Student Absences and Enforcing Enrolment and Attendance at State Schools. However, prosecution is seen as a last resort and schools are encouraged to implement strategies to assist parents and students with attendance issues prior to taking further action.
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