Plans to stop kids skipping school

A PLAN to stop students from skipping school has been adopted by shops in Bundaberg and across Queensland.

Schools currently have agreements with shops and police in Bundaberg, Logan, Beenleigh, Cairns, Gold Coast and Charters Towers that they will not serve students during school hours.

A similar scheme has been in place at Hinkler Central for more than a year, and marketing manager Elysia Billingham said the Hinkler Youth Protocol had been a huge success.

“We’ve had a huge turnaround in youth behaviour,” she said.

Department of Education and Training director-general Julie Grantham said truancy rates needed to improve and schools were being proactive.

“We continue to work closely with local businesses in communities around the state, to support our strategies to improve student attendance and keep them at school when they should be,” Ms Grantham told AAP.

“One such strategy involves having some local businesses refuse service to school-age children during school hours. This is already in place in a number of communities.”



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