Schools hope to cut down absences

A NEW campaign aimed at cutting down on the “alarming number of avoidable absences” at Fraser Coast schools will be launched this Thursday.

Backed by principals, teachers and councillors, the Every Day Counts campaign has been organised by the Maryborough City and Small Schools Education Cluster.

Deputy principal of Aldridge High Jackson Dodd said local schools had invested a “large amount of energy into the agenda”.

“We’re trying to bring it to the forefront of parents’ minds what the effects are on students’ results.

“We would say if someone misses a day a fortnight, they’re missing 10 per cent of their lessons.

“Parents might see it as an odd day off here and there ... but it can have a significant effect over time.”

Former principal Leoll Baron will speak at the launch at City Hall on Thursday at 9am.



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