The Remote School Attendance Strategy (RSAS) is a community-focused strategy. RSAS works with local providers to employ teams of school attendance supervisors and school attendance officers to help kids get to school. Team members are local people from the community. They may be mums, dads, caregivers, aunties, uncles or grandparents who want to help kids in the community get to school.
School attendance teams work closely with teachers, parents and the community to develop a community plan to identify ways to ensure all children in the community go to school every day. They also help with things like:
Talking to children and families about the importance of regular school attendance
Celebrating and rewarding improved attendance
Working with families where children are not attending school to find out why and what can be done to help them
Providing practical support like driving children to school or helping to organise school lunches, uniforms, homework and after-school care
Working with the school to monitor attendance and follow up on student absences
The RSAS toolkit includes a series of templates, resources and checklists that RSAS providers will be able to access and utilise as required. These tools are a useful resource to assist in the delivery of the remote school attendance strategy.
Please remember these are guides only and that approaches/wording may vary between RSAS locations.
Getting kids to school
There are many things we can do to help get kids to school every day. Watch this video to see how communities, families and individuals can overcome barriers and build on their strengths to support education.
Mandatory Reporting Resources
If you think a child is in immediate danger then call 000.
If you have concerns about the welfare of a child then please visit the below websites for each state for information about whether you should or must report your concerns, and how to make a report (information current as at Nov 2019):