All students enrolled in school are required to attend school on a regular basis and to be accountable for the days when they are absent.
- It is the responsibility of each Principal to establish attendance procedures in harmony with the following general procedure provided by the Division.
- It is compulsory for all students to attend school regularly and punctually and to abide by each school’s attendance policies.
- While there are legal (excusable) reasons for students to miss school, students are not excused from the work they missed. The following excused absences are listed in the School Act:
- Illness or other unavoidable cause, as determined by the Principal,
- A religious holiday of the denomination to which the student(s) belongs,
- Days officially suspended,
- Parent(s) have shown to the Division sufficient cause as to why the student is not required to attend,
- The Superintendent excuses the student(s) from attending for a specific period of time.
- Each Principal shall be responsible for outlining a method of dealing with excessive or unexcused absences which shall include:
- A method of parental and student communication.
- An indication of what an intolerable number of absences might be.
- A recognition of the right of the Principal to deal with all attendance concerns at the school, or in severe cases:
- Declare the student withdrawn, if sixteen (16) years or older, provided written notification is given to the parent(s) outlining the appeal procedure.
- Refer the student to the Superintendent for appropriate discipline.
- Request the Superintendent invoke the attendance officer powers (School Act Section 14).
- Suspend or refer the student to the Board for expulsion.
- Each Principal shall include the attendance procedures in the school handbook.
Section 1,7,8,9,31,32,33,46,48,49,52,53,55,196,197,222 Education Act
Approved: May 15, 1995
Amended: November 13, 2000; August 21, 2018