Information for Parents
- Parent Handbook
- Student Absence
- Exemption from School
- Bus Absence Notification
- Health & Medication
- Mobile Phone Policy / Cyber Safety
- Personal Property
- Term Dates
- Lesson Times
- Volunteers Information
- Resource Centre / Library
- Lunch Order Menu / Price List
- Arriving Late and Leaving Early Procedure
For your child to progress at school, unnecessary absences should be avoided.
When an unavoidable absence occurs such as an illness or an urgent pressing family matter there is a process that you need to follow to report this absence to the school.
If the absence is unplanned a phone call to the school on 8757 2120; an email to email@example.com; or an SMS to 0488 535 079 is required to be received with a short reason as to why the student is absent (eg family reasons or ill) by 9:10am of the day of their absence. If a phone call, email or text message hasn’t been received by this time, the school will generate a text through their absence program which will be sent to your nominated mobile number asking you to ring the school to explain the absence. These messages are generated between 9:30-10am. If an absence remains unexplained for more than two consecutive days, a staff member may contact you regarding the students well-being and to explain the absence.
On the return to school, your child must have a signed, dated note from a parent/caregiver explaining the reason for the absence and the dates the absence took place or, an email to your childs class teacher is also suffice. If a parent/caregiver has personally spoken to a member of staff regarding the students absence they are still required to present a written record explaining this absence. This is a legal requirement of DFE, and the school is audited every year on this process.
‘Notification of Student Absence’ forms are printed on the back of all our newsletters; are available on our website; and spare copies are kept in the Front Office. A signed and dated note explaining the students absence placed in their Communication Book/Diary is also an accepted form of communicating.
If an absence is planned (ie Dentist/Specialist appointment), a written note from a parent/caregiver can be sent in prior to the absence taking place explaining why and when your child will be absent. The teacher is then able to plan around this absence.
Notification of Student Absence Form
Exemption from School
If an absence of longer than two days is planned (eg family holiday), an ED175 (Application for Exemption from School) is to be filled in by the parent/caregiver and returned to the school for approval by the Principal or District Director PRIOR to the absence taking place. These forms are available from the Front Office and can be sent home with your child on request, or are also on our website.
ED175 – Application for Exemption from School
Bus Absence Notification
A teacher is rostered for bus duty to ensure that all students who travel by bus board buses in a safe and orderly manner.
After dismissal at 3:15 pm children who travel by bus will assemble between the Library and the Technical Studies room (except in wet weather when the children will assemble in the lunch shed). Buses leave the school at 3:25 pm Please advise the school by a note in the diary or phone call if your child/ren are not going to be on the bus on any given morning/afternoon. It is also courteous to contact your bus driver with this information.
If there are any changes to normal bus travel (ie. Travelling on another bus route) please contact the Front Office.
See also: Bus Behaviour Management on the Policies page
Bus Absence Notification
School Dress Code
A uniform dress code contributes to whole school unity and pride; a sense of belonging; reduces levels of competitive dressing; supports equity; develops a positive image; assists staff in identifying students for safety and on excursions. The Uniform Committee has ensured that the dress code is practical, safe, equitable and cost effective. Teachers and parents / caregivers have a responsibility to request the wearing of the official school uniform.
Dress Code Policy
Mobile Phone Policy / Cyber Safety
Students are encouraged not to bring mobile phones to school. If it is necessary that a student has a mobile phone to contact parents after school or for safety reasons, the phone must be switched off at all times and kept in the student’s bag. Mobile phones are not allowed on camps or excursions, however contact can be made via school mobile phone. If phones are used at school without teacher permission they will be taken to the front office, to be collected at the end of the day. If this occurs more than twice in a week, a parent will need to collect the phone from the front office at the end of the week.
Children are urged not to bring unnecessary money or valuable articles to school. Lost or broken money or items are the responsibility of children.
|Term 1||Term 2||Term 3||Term 4|
|2019||29 January –
|29 April –
|22 July –
|14 October –
|2020||28 January –
|27 April –
|20 July –
|12 October –
See more term dates
(link to website)
|8:45 – 8:55am||Start of school day – Home Group|
|8:55 – 9:40||Lesson 1|
|9:45 – 10:25||Lesson 2|
|10:25 – 10:45||Recess|
|10:45 – 11:30||Lesson 3|
|11:30 – 12:15pm||Lesson 4|
|12:15 – 1:00||Lesson 5|
|1:00 – 1:10||Eating time in classroom (Home Group Teacher)|
|1:10 – 1:40||Lunchtime supervised play (Yard Duty Roster)|
|1:40 – 2:25||Lesson 6|
|2:25 – 3:10||Lesson 7|
|3:10 – 3:15||End of day Home Group|
|3:15||Home time for all students. Bus students to report to bus area, buses depart by 3:25pm.|
Resource Centre / Library
It is free for everyone to join the Tintinara Coonalpyn Community Library service. You will need a library card to borrow materials from the collection. To obtain a library card, staff will require you to provide the following:
- Personal identification including your current address
- A willingness to accept the Library’s rules and regulations
- Students (and individuals under 18 years of age) need a parent or guardian’s approval to obtain a library card.
Students enrolled in the Preschool through to Year Three who wish to borrow books from the Library must have a library bag (either plastic or a suitable material) in which to place the books they wish to take home. Students may use the library for private study after school until Library closing time.
The library is open Monday through to Friday during school term time and Wednesday through to Friday during the school holiday break. Please see library notice board for opening times.
Tintinara Area School
Department for Education trading as South Australian Government Schools & Preschools