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VIC Attendance Changes - Term 1 2023

Dear Compass Schools,

We are writing to inform you of changes we’ve made to our attendance calculation procedures in consultation with the Department of Education. 

We’ve summarised the main changes below. You can find a detailed explanation of this in the Attendance Administration Knowledge Base article in your portal.

  • 2 hour rule - With regard to half-day attendance data, a student needs to be at school for at least two hours prior to 12pm to be considered ‘Present’ for the AM, and two hours after 12pm to be considered ‘Present’ for the PM.
  • Arrival & departure codes - We’ve refined the rules that govern when the late arrival and early departure codes (116, 117, 118 & 119) are used in the attendance calculations. Compass automatically selects the appropriate codes as-required, taking into account whether the student is in primary or secondary school.

As a result of these changes, you may notice some differences in how attendance circumstances are calculated in your Compass portal. 

Please note there is no action required from you. Your school attendance recording procedures do not need to change.

The correct attendance codes are automatically calculated in alignment with the Department’s requirements, and sent to CASES in your usual Eduhub writeback processes. If after reading the knowledge base, you need further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact our support team on 03 9005 5217 or via LiveChat or email. 

Kind regards,
The Compass Team

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