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Student Attendance

School hours are from 9.00am to 3.30pm. All children of school age are required to be in full-time attendance. Teachers mark attendance rolls twice each day [am/pm].

Process for Attendance Notification

The Department of Education and Training has mandated to Victorian School’s that class rolls are required to be marked by 9.30am each morning. Communication to parents or carers with students with unexplained absences will be contacted as soon as possible.

In order to deliver on this requirement, EPS will be leveraging Sentral’s capability to send an SMS alert. The school SMS number is 0418 487 937. Please store this in your phone. Please note that this number is an SMS only number.

If you receive an SMS notification requesting advice, you can simply reply with an explanation for the absence and any other detail.

Should an SMS notification fail we will endeavor to contact you via alternative contact details on our system. It is imperative that you notify us if your contact details change. You can notify the school of changes via –
• Sentral SMS 0418 487 937
• E-mail to elsternwick.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au
• Call 8534 6100
• Visit the office between 8.30am – 4pm

Late Arrivals and Early Departures

Please come to the Office to sign your children in or out if you are arriving late or departing early. Please do this prior to visiting your child’s classroom. All visitors to the school at any time other than regular drop off and pick up need to officially sign in and out as per Department guidelines.

Contact the Office

Please do not e-mail teachers directly with absences, leave requests or changes to pick up arrangements as we cannot guarantee they will be read until after school hours. We request you communicate with the School Office in relation to all of these queries.

Leave Requests

Extended leave requests need to be put formally in writing and communicated to EPS via e-mail at elsternwick.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au