The safety and wellbeing of students are the highest priorities for the department. Parents need to know if their child hasn't turned up for school, and schools need to know when and why a child is absent.
State schools are required to notify parents on the same day that any student is absent from school without explanation.
Schools can choose the approach to same day notification that best suits the local community. This may include text or email messages, phone calls or home visits. It is also recognised that for any notification process to be effective, parents will need to ensure the school has current contact details and schools will need to have effective and efficient processes in place to ensure this occurs.