The Rivers Secondary College - Richmond River High Campus

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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.

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:

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.

This policy aims to minimise the risks faced by staff and students of Richmond River High School during flooding in the Lismore area.


Student and staff access to Richmond River High is affected by flooding in the local area.  A predicted flood level of 7.2m in Lismore will mean access is via the showground only and floodwater will begin to move into the school grounds.

Access to the Central Business District (CBD) of Lismore will also become restricted.


Therefore a flood prediction in excess of 7.2m is going to close the school.


Information for staff, students and the school community regarding whether the school is open or closed will be given on radio stations 2LM, ZZZ and 2NR.

Useful websites   Bureau of Meterology  Lismore City Council flood information including flood warnings, river heights, road closures and evacuation routes    Lismore SES