Attendance Policy

It is crucial that all Bishop Reding students attend classes on a regular basis in order to experience academic success. We ask that all Parents/Guardians take the time to inform the school when and if a student is going to be absent.

Students who are absent, whether for one period or an entire day, will not be admitted to class without an admit slip from the Attendance Office. The student will be required to show the admit slip to all their teachers. Admit slips will only be granted to students when:

  • Parents will report absences using SafeArrival instead of calling or emailing our school office. The student attendance management system is available 24/7 and will allow you to report your child’s absence in one of three ways:
    1. using the SchoolMessenger® mobile app
    2. by logging into the SchoolMessenger® web site
    3. by calling into an interactive toll-free phone line

    For more information about the SafeArrival student attendance management system, click here: bit.ly/HCDSB-SafeArrival.

  • A note is received by the Attendance Office explaining the reason for the absence.

Please note that until a phone call or note is received the student may not be admitted to their class or classes and may have to work in the office on class material provided by their teacher. If a student is discovered to be truant after consultation with a parent/guardian then the rules outlined in the Bishop Reding Attendance Policy will apply.

Students who need to sign out for an appointment should have a note indicating the time and reason why they may need to leave school early or a phone call from a parent/guardian. This note should be presented to the Attendance Office prior to the student leaving the school. Failure to sign out properly will be viewed as being truant and the rules outlined in the Bishop Reding Attendance Policy will apply.

ABSENCES – OCCURRENCE & ACTION

1 to 9 absences

  • Call home by attendance office for every absence that is unexplained. The teacher discusses the absences with the student and will refer the student to the vice-principal. No student is admitted to class without an admit slip from the attendance office.

10 absences

  • A discussion with the student and contact with the parent by the teacher. A referral to the vice principal. The vice principal discusses the absences with the student and contacts home regarding the attendance policy.

15 absences

  • Second referral to the vice principal. The student requires a note from the principal or vice principal before being allowed to attend class. The student may be disqualified from attendance on field trips, or extra-curricular activities or, school events. The credit may be withheld.

TRUANCIES – OCCURRENCE AND ACTION

First Truancy

  • The teacher/vice principal discusses the matter with the student. Parents/guardians will be informed and the teacher is notified by the vice principal ASAP. Classroom consequences or after-school detentions will be assigned.

Second Truancy

  • The teacher/vice principal discusses the matter with the student. Parents/guardians will be informed and the teacher will be notified. Detentions will be assigned and both the parent(s)/guardian(s) and the student are warned of possible suspension.

Third , and further, Truancy

  • The student may be suspended.
  • The credit may be withheld or the student may be removed from the course.

LATES – OCCURRENCE AND ACTION

A student is considered late to class if the student enters the classroom after the bell has rung. In the morning, a warning bell will ring. When students hear the music, they must proceed to their classroom immediately

1 – 5 lates

  • Discussion between the teacher and the student. The teacher will contact home to inform parents/guardians

6 lates

  • Teacher refers student to vice principal. The vice principal will inform parents. The student will serve an after school detention.

7 lates

  • Student will work in the office for one day.

8 lates or more

  • Student may incur a suspension. The length of it will be at the discretion of the administration of the school
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