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Did you know?

It is important for your child to attend school every day.  If your child is absent for a day of school each week during primary school (Prep – Year 6), they will have missed nearly a year and a half of schooling by the end of their primary school years.

Must your child attend school?

  • By law in Tasmania, if your child is five years of age or older on 1 January, they must attend school.
  • Your child may attend Kindergarten if they are at least four years of age on 1 January.
  • By law in Tasmania, after Year 10 and until they are 17 years of age, your child must be:
    • in school or registered for home education
    • studying accredited vocational education and training courses at a registered training organisation
    • undertaking a traineeship or apprenticeship

Why should you send your child to school every day?

  • Your child should attend school every school day of the year.
  • Regular school attendance will help your child to gain the skills and knowledge needed for success both now and later in life.
  • Attending school every day helps your child to make steady progress with their learning.
    Your child will be able to establish firm friendships by participating with others in enjoyable activities. 
  • A small number of absences is fine if your child is too sick to go to school or they have an illness that can be passed on to others.

How can you help your child get the most from their education?

  • By making medical and other appointments outside school hours.
  • By arranging family holidays in scheduled school holiday breaks.
  • By knowing what’s happening at school to support your child’s interest and confidence.

What should you do if your child has to stay away from school?

  • If your child has to be away from school, it is important to tell the school and provide the reason for your child’s absence. You can:
    • send a note or email to the school
    • telephone the school office
    • visit the school.
  • The principal may ask for a medical certificate to explain an extended absence or illness.

Where can I get more information?

  • If your child is having difficulty at school, your child’s teacher and school principal can help.
  • Please contact your child’s school for more information.
  • Visit the Department of Education website:


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 Attendance in Tasmanian Government Schools

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