Attendance at school is obligatory, unless your child is sick. School starts at 8.55am and finishes at 3.15pm. If pupils, are unable to attend the school should be informed by phone and by letter as to why a child was absent. If no reason is given, we are required to record the absence as unauthorised and inform the Education Welfare Department. Lateness is also monitored and parents are sent letters or visited by the Education Welfare Officer should this be persistent.