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Student Absences

Should my child attend school?​ - Decision Tree 
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EXTENDED ABSENCE PROCEDURE DURING COVID-19
 

Periodically, there are occasions when parents or guardians need to withdraw their child from school for more than two days.  It is important to note that extended absences affect students’ achievement, as they miss out on valuable instructional time.  Additionally, assignments and tests occur at regular intervals throughout the semester.  If tests or assignment due dates will be missed because of this absence, prior arrangements must be made with the teacher for earlier completion and/or completion upon the student’s return.  Ideally, it is recommended that families avoid withdrawing students, if at all possible.

When an absence is necessary, we ask students to discuss it as soon as possible with their teachers, in order to keep up with scheduled class work and assignments.  Daily lessons are designed to meet the needs of the class, and therefore, a teacher cannot always predict the specific progress within a unit of study.  Students are directed to their Google Classroom for each class to see work missed during their absence.

Please note that a week’s absence is equivalent to 20 classes, or 25 hours of missed instructional time.

This form outlines the procedure to follow for an extended absence. 

These steps need to be completed at least one week prior to the anticipated absence:


1.    Parent/Guardian informs the main office of the dates and reason for absence; please follow Public Health Ontario guideline for travel within Canada and/or International Travel.

2.    Teachers of each course complete the Google Document to indicate the work for which the student will be responsible;

3.    Administrator signs and dates the form, which will be filed in the Main Office.

4.    Main Office Staff will email a copy of the completed absence form to the parent/guardian.

5.    Parent/Guardian will respond to the email to confirm the receipt and understanding of the information.​

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