Keeping Kids in School

The KKIS program aims to reduce truancy levels by discouraging students from accessing shopping centres during school hours.

What is the Keeping Kids in School Program?

The Keeping Kids in School (KKIS) program operates through the support of WA Police, Department of Education and local businesses.

The KKIS program aims to reduce truancy levels by discouraging students from accessing shopping centres during school hours.

The program sends a common message to the community that students of compulsory school age need to be at school and not at the shops during school time.

The program encourages shop owners to promote a clear message to students that they are more than welcome outside of school hours but they will not be served during school hours.

What is a compulsory aged student?

School is compulsory until the end of the year in which a student turns 17 years of age.

How will shop staff know if a student is compulsory aged?

This is up to their discretion. If in doubt, they may ask the student directly and serve them (or not) accordingly. They are also not obliged to serve students suspended from school.

What role does the school play?

The school is responsible for providing shop owners & staff with an appropriate staff contact and number in relation to the KKIS program. Schools will also supply information on leave passes, school terms and other important dates. The schools will also promote the program to students and parents.

What is the role of the shop owner?

All participating businesses will be provided with KKIS signage and advertising.

If an unsupervised child of school age enters your shop during school hours, staff should request to see a leave pass. Any young person without a legitimate leave pass can be refused service.

In the event that you encounter compulsory aged students in your shop or centre, please notify the relevant school as soon as possible. If in a worst case scenario a student becomes aggressive or difficult please contact the police on 131 444 for assistance.

All participating businesses will be provided with KKIS signage and advertising. You will also be provided with the following information:

  • Example of the leave pass system
  • District education office and police contact numbers
  • A copy of the school calendar (where possible)

The KKIS program is completely voluntary. Shopping centre management may choose to participate in the program and display signage throughout the centre. However, as a shop owner, it is your decision to display signage in your store and/or request to see leave passes from school aged children during school hours.

Are there exceptions?

There will be some situations where compulsory aged students may enter shopping centres for legitimate reasons. These may include:

  • Students on work experience these students may enter the shopping centres to buy lunch, for example. Work experience students will be issued with leave passes.
  • Pupil free days on these days, the school is not open for instruction. The school calendar will include the dates of pupil free days.
  • Students accompanied by an adult/guardian or valid school leave pass students who have been at school should obtain a leave pass from the school before leaving the grounds.
  • Students approved to work full-time
  • Approved TAFE students (full-time and part-time)

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in finding out more about the Keeping Kids in School program, or would like to know if it is operating in you area, please email us.