Principal’s January Letter 2018

Annex D

Attendance Policy

 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:

  1. All Blangahnites should attend school on ALL school days except for medical or valid reasons.
  2. A valid medical certificate must be submitted to the class teacher upon return from medical leave.
  3. 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:

  1. Transport Subsidy (EZ-link top-up concessions) and Bus Transport;
  2. Recommendation for public Bursary application by family/guardian (eg: CC, Buddhist Lodge, etc);
  3. School Pocket Money Fund through MSF and
  4. 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.

 

 

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