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titleAttendance policy

The PHSC VCE Attendance policy was developed to


fulfil VCAA requirements( 

  1. For each semester-length unit the following attendance policy applies: 
  • No more than five parent explained absences will be permitted per subject per semester. A parent explained absence in VCE means that no medical certificate has been provided. A Medically certified explained absence is where a medical certificate is provided. Up to seven absences will be accepted with medical certificates.
  • With this in mind family holidays should ONLY be arranged during scheduled school holidays.
  • Lateness-  each late is considered an unexplained absence. If a student accumulates 2 or more late arrivals over a 2 week period parents will be informed that the student will be required to attend a detention after school on the Friday afternoon.
  • To meet the unit outcome/
    1. The maximum number of lessons a student can miss from any VCE unit is twelve. To meet the unit outcomes students are required to complete work in class so teachers can verify and authenticate their work. Students who exceed the
    1. permitted absence rate of twelve
    , or who have reached six unexplained absences in a particular unit, Firstly there will be an enrolment review. This means that the student may have to withdraw from the unit(s). However, they may be permitted to apply for consideration of disadvantage on grounds of illness or other hardship, or apply for redemption (e.g. making up for missed classes) after receiving ‘Not Satisfactory’. This could result in them obtaining ‘satisfactory completion’. Parents/guardians may be contacted at this stage. 
    If student is given the opportunity to make up missed classes, they must do so done on a Wednesday or after school. The arrangement must be made with the level coordinator and the appropriate form must be completed. The possibility of make-up classes is not automatic. If a student has not made an effort to improve attendance they might not be given the opportunity to do so. It is possible to gain an ‘N’ (not satisfactory) due to poor attendance.
     If a student is ill and miss the scheduled make up class time MUST supply a medical certificate. 
    1. will immediately be given an ‘unsatisfactory completion.'
     In the event of a student exceeding the permissible absence rate, the following procedures will apply:
    1. If a student breaches this limit, they cannot pass the unit.  

         2. There are three types of absence in VCE.  

    i.     A medically certified (MC) absence is where a medical certificate is provided. Up to seven absences per unitwill be accepted with medical certificates.

    ii.    A parent explained absence is where no medical certificate has been provided but the parent has notified the school via compass or the coordinator via email or phone. This is typically used if the student has a cold, severe headache but is not serious enough to see a doctor or if the student is unexpectedly delayed due to transport issues.Up to five absences per unit will be accepted without medical certificates.

    iii.   An unexplained absence is where the student has either arrived significantly late to class or has not attended class and no parental explanation is given. This is in effect truanting. The student will be required to attend a  principal’s detention after school on the upcoming Friday afternoon. 

          3.  In VCE it is very important that family holidays should ONLY be arranged during scheduled school holidays.  

          4.  When a student is absent from school for prolonged periods, or has been unable to complete all assessment tasks because of illness or other special circumstances, the school may, upon application from the student,

               grant Special Provision for School-based Assessments. In this case, the student will not be penalised for lack of attendance.

          5. If a student is absent on a day when they have a SAC in one of their subjects, they MUST provide a medical certificate to explain their absence, If they cannot provide this, they will receive a score of zero for their SAC.  

    Parents should check Compass regularly to view their child's attendance to ensure they are complying with the above policy. 


    titleRules for Special Provision

    A student may be eligible for exam assistance or adjustments to work load if affected to a significant degree by illness or other serious problems, or if he or she is disadvantaged by any physical disability or other impairment such as a learning problem. These arrangements are negotiated between the student and their parents, teachers and the coordinators. The principal makes the final decision about all cases of Special Provision.

    For further details see the VCAA publication "Special Provision".