Waihopai operates a system of phoned absence notice rather than the customary written note on a child's return to school.

If your child is to be absent, please phone (218-4228) or email office@waihopai.school.nz between 8.30am and 9.00am. Absences will be checked against the classroom roll and parents of non-reported absences will be phoned. Where a child is absent for more than one day, it is important that the parents phone the school each morning of the absence.

Should it be necessary for a child to leave the school during the day, please ensure the class teacher is advised and the child is signed out at the school office before the leaving the school.