Schools recognise that you have the first and most significant influence on your child’s learning. At primary school, your continued involvement in your child’s education is important so they can achieve the best possible learning results.
It is well known that children with interested and involved parents do better at school.
While you may be involved in your child’s learning at home, you can also contribute at school by joining the fundraising group, nominating for the school council or helping with less formal school activities.
If you are concerned about how your child is fitting in socially and how secure and content they feel at school, or about their academic progress and how it compares to other students of the same age, make a time to meet their teacher or principal, as they will be in the best position to help.
The Department of Education and Training website is a wealth of information for parents/guardians.
What is my responsibility as a parent/caregiver?
Make sure your child:
attends school on ALL school days
is on time every day
Make sure you:
provide the school with an explanation if your child is away
contact the school if your child does not want to go to school
arrange doctor and dentist appointments out of school hours
arrange personal shopping trips with your son/daughter or birthday celebrations out of school hours
do not allow your child to stay at home for minor reasons.
Is regular attendance at school important?
Yes – from the first day. If your child misses the basic skills in primary school they can experience difficulties with their learning
Regular attendance is essential to make sure learning is not disrupted.
Regular learning provides building blocks for the future
Schools help children to develop important social skills, such as friendship building, teamwork, communication skills and a healthy self-esteem.
For a copy of the It's Not Ok to be Away brochure please click here.
To advise the school of an absence please go to the Contact Us page of this website and click on the email link.
DARRAWEIT GUIM PRIMARY SCHOOL is listed on the Bushfire-At-Risk Register
School procedures for the bushfire season
Fire danger ratings and warnings are used in Victoria to provide clear direction on the safest options for preserving life.
Schools and children's services listed on the DEECD Bushfire At-Risk Register (BARR) will be closed when a Code Red fire danger rating day is determined in their Bureau of Meteorology district. Our school has been identified as being one of those at high bushfire risk and is listed on the BARR.
Where possible, we will provide parents with up to four days notice of a potential Code Red day closure by letter and phone. A Code Red day will be determined by the Emergency Management Commissioner no later than 1.00 pm the day before the potential closure. Once we are advised of the confirmation of the Code Red day we will provide you with advice before the end of the school day.
Once confirmed, the decision to close will not change, regardless of improvements in the weather forecast. This is to avoid confusion and help your family plan alternative care arrangements for your child. It is also important to note that:
No staff will be on site on days where the school is closed due to a forecast Code Red day.
School camps/excursions will be cancelled if a Code Red fire danger rating day is determined for the Bureau of Meteorology district in which the camp is located.
On these Code Red days families are encouraged to enact their Bushfire Survival Plan - on such days children should never be left at home or in the care of older children.
For those of us living in a bushfire prone area, the CFA advise that when Code Red days are forecast, the safest option is to leave the night before or early on the morning of the Code Red day.
As part of preparing our school for potential hazards such as fire, we have updated and completed our Emergency Management Plan.
What can parents do?
Make sure your family's bushfire survival plan is up-to-date and includes alternative care arrangements in the event that our school is closed.
Ensure we have your current contact details, including your mobile phone numbers. Keep in touch with us by reading our newsletters, by checking our website and Facebook page and by talking to your child's teacher or any other member of the teaching staff about our emergency management plan.
Most importantly at this time of year, if you're planning a holiday or short stay in the bush or in a coastal area, you should check warnings in advance of travel and remain vigilant during your stay.
If your child is old enough, talk to them about bushfires and your family's bushfire survival plan.
For up-to-date information on this year's fire season, visit the CFA website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call the 24-hour Victorian Bushfires Information Line on 1800 240 667.
EMERGENCY CLOSURES ON DEECD WEBSITE
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) website has recently been modified so that parents and carers can more readily access information about emergency closures of schools, early childhood facilities and bus services.
All information about closures and cancellations can now be viewed from the Department's external website by clicking on the 'Emergency Closures' button at the bottom of the Department's website home page.