Shops urged to help kids stay in school
■ Roebourne police are encouraging local businesses to take part in the Keeping Kids in School program, a Statewide initiative to improve school attendance and reduce antisocial behaviour in the community.
The program is a community effort with commitment from the Department of Education, WA Police and supported locally by the Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Under this initiative, schoolaged children can be refused service during normal school hours by businesses displaying the Keeping Kids in School sign in their shop front or entrance.
Constable Tyler Winter said schools would be contacted immediately by participating shop owners if students found in their premises were absent from school without an appropriate leave pass.
“The program aims to send a common message to the community that students of compulsory school age need to be at school and not at the shops during school time,” he said.
“Parents are encouraged to talk with their children and ensure they understand what this information means.
“Schools are responsible for providing shop owners with an appropriate contact person in relation to the Keeping Kids in School program and information on Department of Education standardised leave passes, school terms and other important dates.”
KDCCI chief executive John Lally said he encouraged all the chamber’s members to participate in this worthwhile project to reduce truancy rates in the City of Karratha.
“We believe it’s important that children are in school, so we have asked our members not to serve kids during school hours,” he said.
“We have been spreading this message through our fortnightly newsletters and at events like Business After Hours.”
All participating businesses will be provided with Keeping Kids in School signage and advertising.
Where a student’s behaviour becomes aggressive or difficult, contact police on 131 444 for assistance.
For more information on the Keeping Kids in School program, visit http://communitysafety.po lice.wa.gov.au/.