Students are expected to attend all classes to ensure academic success. All students are asked to adhere to the following procedures:
ABSENCE REPORTING 519-745-6789 Message Line available 24/7 Students who are to be absent for the day are asked to have their parent/guardian call the school BEFORE the beginning of the school day. Alternatively, the parent/guardian may provide a written note to explain the absence. This note must be given to the first period teacher who will then issue an admit-to-class slip. Parents will be notified by a daily automated message system when a student is absent from one of more classes.
LATENESS Students who arrive more than 30 minutes late to class must report to the Attendance Office for an admit-to-class slip. If students are less than 30 minutes late for class, they should report to their class immediately. Teachers will provide consequences for lateness which may include lunch and after-school detentions. In keeping with the schools progressive discipline policy, chronic tardiness will be reported to Administration.
LEAVING SCHOOL DURING THE DAY This should occur only because of illness, medical appointment or emergency:
A. Medical/Dental appointments students must notify attendance office before 8:45 a.m. and present a note verifying the appointment.
B. Illness or emergency the student must report to the attendance office so that a parent/guardian may be contacted. Students who do not report to the attendance office before leaving school will be marked truant.
TRUANCY An absence which was not reported by a parent/guardian and has not been supported by a note from a parent within 5 school days will be recorded as a truancy. The school may require a medical note for extended absences from school for all students under the age of 18.
STUDENTS OVER 18 YEARS OLD In keeping with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, no calls may be made home to report absences or truancies for students 18 or over, unless the student grants permission to do so. According to the act, the student is viewed as an adult and, as such, correspondence regarding academic progress, attendance etc. must be directed to the student. Students over 18 who have extended absences are required to provide the school with a doctors note to cover absences or risk withdrawal for non-attendance – truancy.
EXTENDED ABSENCES Parents are encouraged to take holidays during designated school breaks so that students do not fall behind in their studies. If this is not possible, the procedure is as follows:
1. The student obtains an Intent to Be Absent Form from the Attendance Office at least 2 weeks before the intended absence.
2. Parents must sign the request.
3. Each teacher must sign the form and indicate what work must be done prior to the absence.
4. The form is returned to the Main Office and given to Administration for final approval.
ABSENCE DURING SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT/FINAL EVALUATIONS Requests to withdraw students during final evaluation periods for reasons other than illness will be denied. Extenuating circumstances will result in students completing their final evaluations AFTER the scheduled final evaluation time frame. Students who choose not to write a final evaluation may lose the opportunity to repeat the course in the next semester. Students must complete the final evaluation to qualify for summer school. Placement consideration will be given to those who are registered in the course for the first time and those who completed the course but were unsuccessful. Note: At Administrations discretion, a doctors note may be required for missed summative assessments/final evaluations.
LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS Students with unassigned time may leave the school but should conduct themselves in accordance with the code of conduct.