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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: 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 permitted absence rate of twelvewill immediately be given an ‘unsatisfactory completion.'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 by 8:45 am on the day of the absence. 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 (more than 5 minutes) 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.