Lithgow Public School

Courtesy and Courage

Telephone02 6351 2297

Rules and policies

Rules and policies are in place to make sure your child remains safe and well at school.

Visit the NSW Department of Education’s policy library for all current operational policies.

Our school uses the department's School Community Charter to ensure all of our communication is collaborative and respectful.

Attendance and absences

Students must attend school regularly so they can achieve their educational best and increase their career and life options.

In NSW, all children from the age of 6 are legally required to attend school or be registered for home schooling through the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). All students must complete Year 10, or its equivalent and remain in school, employment or training until they turn 17.

For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:

Why is attendance so important to us?

Attendance at school is vital to maintaining learning routines, sustaining long-term friendships and to maximising your child's confidence, health, and wellbeing. 

Attendance of children at school is recorded each day. As a parent or caregiver, you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day, including sports days. There are times when your child is unable to participate in school including:

  • an unavoidable medical or dental appointment (preferably these should be made after school or during holidays)
  • attendance at a recognised religious holiday
  • attendance at an exceptional or urgent family circumstance (such as a funeral)
  • sickness, or infectious illness.

If you are having difficulty getting your child to attend school regularly, you should talk to our principal, the classroom teacher or the school counsellor.

If your child has to be absent from school for any reason, including arriving late or leaving early, please either tell your child's teacher, or the administration staff at our school, or explain the reason by phone, email, Skoolbag or written note as soon as possible, and within seven days.

Please print and fill out an absence explanation form (PDF 97KB) if your child has been away from school.

School frameworks (school policies)

The following frameworks apply to students at our school.