Shops urged to help kids stay in school

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

■ 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/.

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