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Attendance Flowchart


Teachers keep accurate

AM and PM roll


Attendance officer follows

up student absences via

text or phone call home

Reason recorded on SMS

Absences / lates of concern to be discussed at team meetings


Follow up absences with caregivers


Inform Attendance team of any attendance concerns that are not changing after intervention

Students of concern recorded on attendance register and discussed at attendance meeting


Ensure escalation process consistently followed with discretion and agreed upon attendance targets are aspired to


STAR coupons for 94% attendance at end of each term

Teacher to contact caregivers and discuss concerns and actions. (Record on Absentees 2021 register)


If circumstances don’t change. Letter 1 sent home – 85%


Whanake Youth support offered

Attendance team to send Letter 2 home. DP to meet with caregivers and agree to an action plan.


Refer to truancy. Referral put through to Youth Police who will deliver Letter 3 


S19 sent through to OT and FGC called. Prosecution looked into.


Above to happen within 2 weeks of steps taken, if no change obvious.




If your child misses...

That equals...

Which is...

And over 13 years of schooling that's...

1 day every 2 weeks

1 day per week

2 days per week

3 days per week

20 days per year

40 days per year

80 days per year

120 days per year

4 weeks per year

8 weeks per year

16 weeks per year

24 weeks per year

Nearly 1 1/2 years

2 1/2 years of school

Over 5 years

Nearly 8 years

Penalties of Failure to Attend


20. New Zealand citizens and residents between 6 and 16 to go to school

(1)  Except as provided in this Act, every person who is not a foreign student is required to be enrolled at a registered 

school at all times during the period beginning on the person's 6th birthday and ending on the person's [16th] birthday.

(2)  Before a child's 7th birthday, the child is not required to be enrolled at any school more than 3 kilometres walking 

distance from the child's residence.

24. Penalty for failure to enrol

(1)  Where the parent of a person required by this Act to be enrolled at a registered school fails or refuses to ensure that

the person is enrolled at a registered school, the parent commits an offence, and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding $3,000.

(2)  The payment of a fine in respect of a conviction for an offence against Sub-section (1) of this Section is not a bar to

proceedings for a further such offence.


25. Students required to enrol must attend school

(1)  Except as provided in this Act, every student of a registered school (other than a correspondence school) who is

required by Section 20 of this Act to be enrolled at a registered school, shall attend the school whenever it is open.

(2)  Every Board shall take all reasonable steps to ensure that students who are required by Sub-section (1) of this Section

to attend the school whenever it is open do so.

(3)  For the purposes of this Section, a student attends a school on any day if, on that day -

  • (a) it has been open for instruction for 4 hours or more; and

  • (b) the student has been present for 4 hours or more when it was open for instruction.


29. Penalty for Irregular attendance

(1)  Every parent of a person who -

  • (a) while enrolled at a registered school, does not attend as provided in Section 25 of this Act; or

  • (b) while enrolled at a correspondence school, does not do the work of the course in which the student is enrolled, -


commits an offence, and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding an amount calculated at the rate of $30 for every school day for which the offence has occurred.

(2)  Notwithstanding Sub-section (1) of this Section, a fine imposed for an offence against that Sub-section shall not

exceed $400 for a first offence against the Sub-section (or Section 120(1) of the Education Act 1964), or $3,000 for a second or subsequent offence.


(3)  The imposition of a penalty under this Section does not affect or restrict the operation of any provision of the Children,

Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989.

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