Regular and punctual attendance at school is critical for the student’s learning and achievement of course expectations.
In addition, attendance at scheduled activities such as masses, assemblies, etc. is compulsory. If a student is absent, the school must be notified by a phone call from a parent or guardian or from the student if 18 years or older, or a note of explanation is to be brought to the Attendance Secretary upon the return to school. A message may also be recorded at any time by phoning the attendance office. Doctor and dental appointments should be made outside of school hours where possible. Frequent absences from school may jeopardize a student’s successful completion of a course.
Although trips and vacations may provide diverse learning experiences, the school does not support, academically, travel or vacations during class time. The content covered in each course is important and requires daily attendance. While parents may choose to travel during the school year, the time missed from class is recorded as an absence and counted in the total absence record for the semester. A significant number of absences places a student’s mark in jeopardy due to the loss of instructional time and assessment and evaluation becomes problematic. It must also be acknowledged that some experiences missed during elective extended absences cannot be simulated out of the classroom. Due to these reasons, the school is strongly opposed to extended absences and it may not be possible to reschedule examinations, culminating activities or other in class assessments. Prior to the trip, the student must consult with school administration. Students are responsible for course work that is covered in their absence.
Any assignments that are due while he/she is away should be completed and handed in prior to the trip to ensure they are accepted.
All notification of absence due to vacation or family trip must be submitted in writing to the Principal or Vice-Principal.
Students are responsible for all course work and assignments while absent. A doctor’s note may be required when missing a test, examination, or culminating activity due to illness.
Students who miss one or more classes during the school day will not be allowed to participate in any extra-curricular activity at the end of that school day without the permission of the school administration.
Please bring all notes pertaining to attendance to the attendance office prior to the start of period 1.
If a student must leave school during the day a note of explanation from a parent or guardian, or yourself if 18 years of age or older, requesting early dismissal is to be presented to the Attendance Secretary before school begins. A dismissal slip will be given for the appropriate time and the student must present this slip to the subject teacher at the beginning of his/her last class.
ILLNESS DURING CLASS TIME
If you become ill during class, ask permission of your subject teacher to leave the room.
You must report to the Attendance Secretary immediately who will arrange for you to phone your parents, go to the sick room or go home.
If you arrive to school after period one has started, and it is after 8:40 a.m., you must come to the Attendance Office in order to receive an admit slip.
In addition, a student is late for class if they arrive unprepared (e.g. no notebook or materials) or out of uniform after the class begins as per the daily schedule.NOTE: School personnel are not authorized to dispense medication (e.g., Aspirin).
1 to 9 Absences
|Teacher discusses absence(s) with student Teacher to contact home|
|Teacher discusses effect of absences on performanceTeacher refers student to a Vice-PrincipalVice-Principal meets with student to discuss concerns regarding absences and contacts home|
|Teacher to contact home Student requires a note from a Vice-Principal before being allowed in classVice-Principal contacts home to outline the consequences of further absences including possible withdrawal from class or credit deferral|
|Teacher/ Vice-Principal discusses truancies with the studentParent/Guardians will be informedStudent must have a note from the Vice-Principal before returning to class
Detentions will be assigned
|Further Truancies||The student may be suspendedThe student may be demitted from the course The credit may be deferred|
1 to 5 Lates
|Teacher will contact parents by at least the 5th late and document date of contact|
|Student referred to the Vice-Principal Vice-Principal reviews late policy with studentDetention will be assigned
Vice-Principal contacts parents and informs them that any subsequent late may result in the Student being placed on late/no class or suspension.
v A student is late for class if they arrive unprepared (e.g. no notebook or materials) or out of uniform after the class begins as per the daily schedule.
v In addition students will not be allowed into class if they are more than 20 minutes late.