Student Attendance

Attendance, Absences, and Tardiness

Punctual, regular attendance is important to ensure success at school and helps children develop a sense of responsibility. Students should arrive each day before classes begin, so they can be well prepared for the day.

When students are absent, their parents must inform the school office by 8:45 a.m. A note of explanation must be sent with the children when they return. If parents have advance notice of upcoming absences, they should contact the teachers so that appropriate plans can be made.

If parents or the family doctor desire children to be excused from physical education or recess, a note of explanation is required. Without a note, students will be expected to participate in the normal daily activities.

Attendance – Extended Absences

In the event of any extended absence, other than illness, parents must provide a letter indicating the nature and duration of this absence. The letter should be addressed to the principal, and delivered at least one week prior to the start of the absence.

All children are required by The School Act to attend school regularly. Consistent attendance is essential to your child’s academic success. Extended absences during the school year affect student performance. Since the materials, concepts and skills covered during class time are often prerequisites to future studies, an extended absence could affect your child’s ability to meet curriculum expectations. Please consider this carefully. Teachers are not obligated to provide instructional materials for students due to extended absence.

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