Notification from DET regarding planned protests

The Department is aware that a series of student protests are planned for Friday 15 March 2019 to raise awareness of action on climate change.

Schools play an important role in helping students understand constructive ways of sharing their views and having a voice on issues they feel strongly about. We are committed to supporting student voice in action and their understanding of democracy, civics and citizenship.

We are also committed to ensuring students are supported to attend school every day. Daily school attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they do not fall behind academically, socially and developmentally.

Parents/carers are legally required to ensure their child attends school every day, and must provide an explanation when their child is absent. Parents/carers should notify the school as soon as possible on the day of a student’s absence, and wherever possible in advance of upcoming absences.

Schools must contact parents/carers who have not advised the school of their child’s absence as soon as practicable on the same day. This follow-up is designed to protect the safety and wellbeing of all students.