EXPECTATIONS OF ATTENDANCE
School provides opportunities to learn and grow, hence we expect all students to be regular and punctual for school. The following are the expectations we have as a school community:
- All Blangahnites should attend school on ALL school days except for medical or valid reasons.
- A valid medical certificate must be submitted to the class teacher upon return from medical leave.
- For other reasons (e.g. death in family), a signed letter giving details and the specific dates is required. All such letters will be accepted on a case by case basis. For non-valid reasons, the student will be deemed as Absent Without Valid Reasons.
BENEFITS OF REGULAR ATTENDANCE
The community-at-large values education and often links bursaries and financial assistance to attendance. The school reviews the following subsidies and would take into consideration students’ attendance during the approval process:
- Transport Subsidy (EZ-link top-up concessions) and Bus Transport;
- Recommendation for public Bursary application by family/guardian (eg: CC, Buddhist Lodge, etc);
- School Pocket Money Fund through MSF and
- Participation in sponsored activities (e.g. concerts at the Esplanade)
FAILURE TO ATTEND SCHOOL REGULARLY
The Compulsory Education Act has provided clear directions that all Singaporean children between the age of 6 and 15 must attend school. It may be an offence when a child fails to attend school regularly. If found guilty, the penalties provided in the Act are a fine not exceeding $5,000, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or to both.
The school will inform the Compulsory Education Unit (CEU) of Ministry of Education if a child fails to attend school regularly. Some of the follow-up actions by CEU may include:
- A home visit by officers from MOE
- referral to Singapore Children’s Society who will have intervention programmes with close monitoring
- referral to other external agencies g. family service centres, child protection
- Summon to court to face charges that may lead to a fine, for the parent / guardian, not exceeding $5000.00, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months, or to both.