For each semester-length unit the following attendance policy applies:
1. No more than five undocumented/unexplained absences will be permitted. However, if a student is ill and medical certificates are provided, up to 12 absences will be accepted.
2. Students who exceed the permitted absence rate of 12, or who have reached six unexplained absences in a particular unit, will immediately be given an ‘unsatisfactory completion'.
3. In the event of a student exceeding the permissible absence rate, the following procedures will apply:
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’.
If students are 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 class teacher and the appropriate Making up missed classes 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.
Teachers need to be able to show that students have met the outcome/s through completion of work in class in order to be verified and authenticated.
4. If a student’s absences reach six unexplained or 13 in total, the subject teacher will arrange an interview with the level coordinator and the student to undertake an enrolment review. Parents/guardians may be contacted at this stage.
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 worked out with the student and their parents, teachers and the coordinators. The principal makes the final decision about all cases of Special Provision