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Absences for sickness, appointments, lateness or early finish to the day

Should be reported by:​

  • HERO

  • Phone 09 553 6810 and leave a message on the absence line.

Please notify the school before 9.00 am each day your child is away from school unwell.

If your child is absent due to illness for three days or more, please provide a doctor’s certificate if requested.


Please detail why your child is absent; it will be recorded as an unjustified absence if no explanation is given.

If you do not inform the school of an absence and we cannot contact you to ascertain a reason, the absence is recorded as truant.


Extended absences due to travel or holidays.

Should be advised to the school in advance by:

Legislation states that every child enrolled at a registered New Zealand school must attend each day the school is open. Regarding attendance records and reporting to the Ministry of Education, absences due to travel/holidays will be coded according to the Ministry of Education guidelines as explained but unjustified.

Scott Point School uses an electronic attendance register system to record the roll in the morning and afternoon to monitor learner attendance.


Frequent absences can affect a child’s learning and social development. At Scott Point School, we have a positive attitude toward learning and expect regular attendance to support learner progress and achievement. We will contact parents if their child’s attendance falls below 90%.

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