​It is important to remember that if your child has been absent from school you must let the school know the reason why your child has been absent within two school days of their return​.

If possible, it is best to advise the school beforehand.

If your child is absent

Contact the school office by phone (Please do not email)

  • Absence line number direct: (07) 3280 3166

  • Alternatively - (07) 3280 3111 - select 'Option 1'

Leave a message on the school absence line (Option 1)

Under Queensland law, you must make sure your child of school age is enrolled and attends school all day, every school day unless they have an acceptable reason. Illness or competing in a school sporting event are acceptable reasons for being absent from school.

Reporting absences

At Amberley District State School reports of absence or truanting are taken seriously. Students, parents, members of the community and school staff may report an absence in the following ways:

  • Contact the school office either by phone or email
  • Leave a message on the school absence line (Option 1)
  • Inform the classroom teacher either via email, letter or in person
  • Reply text SMS4Schools

SMS4Schools is an automated text messaging service to alert parents of student absence on roll marking at school. SMS notifications are sent out at 9.30am sharp each school day. When an SMS (parent notification) has been sent, parents can reply via text message regarding a students absence.

Routine medical or other health appointments should be made either before or after school or during the school holidays.

Research shows that regular school attendance will mean that your child has a better chance in life. Your child will achieve better when they go to school all day, every school day.

  • They learn better
  • They make friends
  • They are happier
  • They have a brighter future.

Please see our schools Attendance Policy for more information.

Absences for 10 or more days

Exemption from compulsory schooling and compulsory participation

Information for Parents and Students

What is an exemption and why do I need it?

Every parent of a child of compulsory school age or a young person in the compulsory participation phase has a legal obligation to ensure their child is enrolled and attending school or participating in an eligible option.

Parents can apply for an exemption from this obligation when their child cannot attend or it would be unreasonable in all the circumstances for their child to attend school or participate in an eligible option for a period of more than 10 consecutive school days.

Situations where an application for an exemption may be made include:

  • Illness
  • Family reasons
  • Cultural or religious reasons

Applying for examption

Fill out the form (via link) - Application for exemption for child or young person enrolled in a Queensland Staet school4

For more information read the Exemption From Compulsory Schooling and Compulsory Participation

Last reviewed 20 April 2022
Last updated 20 April 2022