Friday most popular day to wag with 7705 missed
OF THE Gladstone region's 25 public schools, Gladstone State High had the highest rate of absences with 2719 days lost over the five years between January, 2010, and December, 2014.
This was the ninth highest level of absenteeism among the state's 1239 public schools. Friday was the most popular day off with 7705 missed.
Education Minister Kate Jones said parents must take responsibility for making sure their children went to school.
"We want every child to be in class every school day and families, particularly parents, play a critical role ensuring children attend school," Ms Jones said. "It's important parents develop routines for regular on-time school attendance because it will set their children up for success."
Queensland Secondary Principals' Association president Andrew Pierpont said children who continually missed school would pay for it later in life.
"Missing small amounts of time regularly can have a long-term effect," Mr Pierpont said. "Missing school affects reading age and will affect employability and lead to other types of social impacts."
He said absenteeism was everyone's problem. "The target should always be 100% attendance," Mr Pierpont said. "Improving attendance is about the school working with the kids and working with their parents and families and working with the community."