LATE ARRIVALS and ABSENCE

Moriac Primary School works hard to maximize student learning opportunities and performance by ensuring that we are working with and supporting families to attend school regularly and without unnecessary absences or continual lateness.  

School starts at 9.00 a.m. every day. We strongly encourage all children to be at school by approx. 8.55 a.m. so that they can start their lessons promptly. Children who arrive late are greatly disadvantaged because they miss starting the day with their peers and the beginning of lessons. This means that they are often unsettled and confused about tasks. 

Arriving at school on time is also very important so that children establish good routines and habits in preparation for the rest of their lives. Punctuality is a life skill that they need to develop whilst they are young.

LATE ARRIVALS - We are required to monitor children’s punctuality and attendance. On-going lateness (after the class attendance has been taken in the morning) is classified as an unauthorised absence.

We understand that there may be occasions when you are late due to unforeseen circumstances. On these occasions please make sure that you contact the school office or your child’s teacher(s) to inform us when you will arrive.

If you are experiencing difficulties with punctuality and would like to talk to us about it, please let us know.

If your child is late to school you will receive this message on Seesaw from your child’s teacher –

Hi, this is a courtesy message to let you know your child was late to class today. If you are experiencing difficulties with punctuality and would like to talk to us about it, please let us know.

ABSENCES – we realise there are many reasons for absences and we certainly do not want students coming to school if they are sick. If your child is going to be absent we ask that you contact the school office or your classroom teacher. If the school has not been contacted you will be contacted to provide the school with a reason for the absence in line with the school’s Duty of Care.  

Thank you for your understanding and support.