Dapto High School

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Rules and policies

Rules and policies are in place to make sure your child remains safe and well at school.

Visit the NSW Department of Education’s policy library for all current operational policies.

Our school uses the department's School Community Charter to ensure all of our communication is collaborative and respectful.

Mobile Phone Policy

Mobile Phone Government policy no longer permits student use of mobile phones at school. This includes connected devices such as earbuds, headphones, smart watches, laptops and tablets which access the apps on mobile phones.

Year 7-12 Students are requested to leave mobile phones at home. If the mobile phone is required for safety on the journey to school, this is permitted if turned-off and secured in the student’s bag all day. At 2.40pm, students may check their phones as they depart school for messages from parents and carers. 

Attendance and absences

Students must attend school regularly so they can achieve their educational best and increase their career and life options.

In NSW, all children from the age of 6 are legally required to attend school or be registered for home schooling through the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). All students must complete Year 10, or its equivalent.

Young people below the age of 17 who have completed Year 10 must be:

  • in school, or registered for home schooling 

  • in approved education or training, such as a traineeship, apprenticeship or TAFE

  • in full-time paid employment (average 25 hours a week) 

  • in a combination of work, education and/or training (average of 25 hours a week combined).

Students 17 years and over who are enrolled in school must attend school regularly to meet HSC course requirements. 

As a parent or carer, you are responsible for ensuring your child attends school every day when they are of compulsory school age. You must explain all absences to the school within 7 days.

For more information about compulsory school attendance, visit:

Extended Leave - Travel

From time to time students may need to apply for Extended Leave - Travel. Whilst travel should be completed during school holidays only, circumstances may arise where this is not possible. If this is the case parents are asked to complete the following application form for consideration. Please provide at least 2 weeks notice (where possible) as these requests may present challenges for students completing Assessment Tasks. 

School frameworks (school rules)

As well as following the department’s operational policies, we have developed frameworks for our students in line with our school’s values and commitments.