Attendance Policy 2016-2017




Regular attendance at school is an important part of student success. Educational research consistently shows that a student’s academic success is closely related to good attendance and regular participation in the life of the school.

Approved absences due to school activities (retreats, field trips, athletics) are included in the attendance totals. VACATIONS: Although trips and vacations may provide diverse learning experiences, the school does not support 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 may place a student’s mark and credit in jeopardy due to the loss of instructional time. Also, assessment and evaluation become problematic. Prior to the trip, the parent/guardian must notify the School Administration and Attendance Office with specific dates of departure and return and the student must consult with his/her teachers and make notes on what will be covered in each course. 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. Students are responsible for all missed work.

The school Attendance Line will make daily automated calls home regarding unexplained absences and parents/guardians are asked to call the Attendance Secretary to discuss the matter.

Parents may access their son’s/daughter’s attendance on the school website by using the Student Information System (SIS). The SIS will also enable parents to check on student term marks and timetables.


A phone call (or a note) from a parent/guardian to explain the reason for the absences is required for all absences. Voicemail is available for your convenience. If a phone message is not received (for full day absences only), we require a written communication from a parent/guardian on the day the student returns to school by 8:05 a.m. All absences from school must be justified by parents or guardians, at the time of the absence, not after the fact, or the absence will be treated as a truancy.

Students who are 18 years of age and older must complete the NOTE SIGNING PERMISSION FORM in order to sign their own notes. Students will then be allowed to sign themselves into or out of school only if they have an appointment or are ill.

NOTE: A limit of five (5) S18s are allowed per semester.


If a student must leave school before the end of the day, they are required to sign out at the Attendance Office. Students under 18 years of age will require the permission of their parent(s)/guardian(s) in order to sign out. Students are to submit notes for early dismissal to the Attendance Office prior to 8:10 a.m. on the day of the appointment. Telephone calls/notes may NOT be accepted after the absence occurs.

If a student becomes ill while at school he/she must report to the Attendance Office and phone their parents to sign out. Students must not leave the school premises without reporting to the Attendance Office first.
Students who miss class without an acceptable reason from their parent/guardian will be recorded as truant.

If students are not in their period 1 class at the start of Morning Prayer, they are late and should:

  • report directly to their period 1 class if they are less than 20 minutes late;
  • report to the attendance office if they are more than 20 minutes late – the class will not be disturbed and the student may NOT be admitted to class unless the late is “parent approved”.
  • at the 5th late in a particular class, the student will not be admitted. He/she will be marked “LATE – NO CLASS”. Each subsequent late will also be “LATE – NO CLASS” and will be counted as an absence and the Vice-Principal will contact parents;
  • excessive lateness will lead to a suspension.