KIDS who skip school can expect to be caught out in Operation Roll Call.
The program is run year-round by the Education Department and NSW Police between the Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo and Iluka areas, targeting truants aged between six and 15.
"The aim is to reduce truancy in public places as well as the number of offences committed by these students," youth liaison officer Senior Constable Sue Kady said.
"When we approach them, we find out why they're not at school. They should be at school unless they're sick or if there is a serious family matter.
"We report truants to their respective schools and their parents are also notified."
Officers can find up to 40 truants on any given day during tours of shopping centres, parks and beaches, and surprisingly, most are with their par- ents.
"Some of the excuses we've heard include birthdays, shopping, or that it's a sports day," Const. Kady said.
"Department of Education officers also go back to the schools for follow-up once children come to their attention."