School Attendance Guidelines
The following information outlines the Education Welfare Act, 2000 (amended by the Child
and family Agency Act 2013) and about some of the responsibilities we share under the
As you know, a good education gives your child the best possible start in life. A good
education helps young people to obtain secure employment and develop into mature and
responsible citizens. The purpose of the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 is to encourage
regular school attendance and participation in education and training for as long as
possible. It is desirable that every child stays in school and completes the Leaving
Under the law, every child must attend school regularly up to sixteen years of age or
complete at least three years education in a post primary school whichever comes later.
As a parent, you must let the school know if your child is absent and the reason
why. It is school policy that reasons must be given in writing, using the Explanation
for Absence Slips at the back of your child’s Homework Journal. In the Infant
Classes please write on your child’s Special Copy/Homework Sheet. The school will
notify Tusla – Child and Family Agency if a child is absent for 20 days or more or
where the absence gives rise to concern.
If your child is sick or is absent for other good reasons, no action will be taken by Tusla -
Child and Family Agency. However, if there is concern about your child’s attendance at
school or about the reasons given, you may be visited by an Educational Welfare Officer
who will discuss your child’s education with you. The Officer will work with you and take
full account of the circumstances of the child and the family before deciding what further
action is necessary to ensure that the child receives his/her entitlement to an education.
Further information concerning the new service and about school attendance matters
generally can be obtained from the national Lo-
1890 36 36 66.