Absent from school

Absent from school

There may be times during your child’s education when they are absent from school.

If your child is unable to attend school for any reason, let the school know as soon as possible by telephone or by the school app if they have one. It’s ok to be absent when ill, attending a cultural or religious event or if a natural event (for example a cyclone) occurs.

When they miss a day, talk with their teacher/s to find out how you can help them catch up. If they are away for some time, keep in touch with their teacher or principal so you can work together to support your child’s return to school. There are also resources available to help you child learn from home.

If your child is reluctant to attend school, there are things you can do to help your child go to school. Support is available from their teacher or principal, and from external services.

If your child is anxious about school, you can find useful information and support on the Headspace and BeYou websites. If their anxiety continues, talk with your family doctor.

If your child is missing school because they do not want to continue mainstream schooling, talk to your principal about their situation. If a return to school is unlikely, alternatives to full-time schooling may be suitable.

Western Australian law stipulates that all school-aged children must go to and attend school every day. It is compulsory until the end of the year in which they reach 17 years and 6 months or they turn 18 years.