Attendance Line: 403-777-7410 ext. 1
Good attendance and punctuality are critical elements of school success.
We encourage every student to attend regularly and on time. In all cases,
students must have a phone call from a parent or guardian if students
have missed school.
The School Act and CBE Administrative Regulation 6020 - Attendance of Students state that all students ages 6 to 16 must
attend school regularly and punctually. According to Alberta Education, a
student who has missed 10 per cent (about 18 days) or more is considered
chronically absent. Whether absences are excused or unexcused, the loss of
instructional time is substantial and can negatively affect student learning and
All student absences and lates must be called in each day by a parent(s)/legal
guardian(s). The attendance line is available 24/7 403-777.7410 “press 1”.
Please spell your child’s full name, slowly and clearly in addition to stating the
reason for the absence or late.
All late students, regardless of reason or if the late has been called into our
Attendance line, must sign-in at the office before going to class. If no note is
provided or we have not received a message on our attendance line from the
parent(s)/legal guardian(s), student will be marked late, unexcused, and
parent(s)/guardian(s) will receive a call from our attendance system.
Students Leaving School During School Hours
Legal guardian(s) are required to send a note with their child to gain permission for
the student to leave during school hours for an appointment, likewise to explain a
student’s late or absence.
Student absence or
late must be phoned
in by guardian at the
Attendance Line at:
403-777-7410, ext. 1
Upon arrival at the school legal guardians are to follow this procedure:
- Ring buzzer once
- Identify yourself—full name
- Reason for arriving at school
- Identify student(s) - full name and grade
- Wait outside of school for student to be sent out
Students who need to leave the school for various reasons (e.g. medical or dental
appointments) must provide a note from a parent and check out with their teacher
and then sign out at the Main Office. No student will be allowed to leave school
without the consent of the parents/guardians.
Students are required to:
- Show their classroom teacher the note, so the teacher is aware that the
student will be leaving early
- Come to the office to hand-in the note
- Leave the classroom a few minutes before time of pick-up by Legal Guardian
- Complete the sign-out sheet
- Office staff will let student know when their pick-up has arrived at the front
- Wait, quietly on the bench outside the office for pick-up.
Students Who Fall Sick During School Hours
Students who become ill or suffer an injury in class must let their teacher know
immediately. If a student must leave class, he/she must report to the Main Office.
In the case of serious illness or injury, parents/guardians will be notified, and
arrangements made to have the student picked up or sent home. If deemed
necessary, EMS will be contacted. Students are not allowed to walk or take transit
home on their own. It is the responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s) to pick up
the student and physically come into the office to sign the student out when they
are ill. Emails can be sent to Mrs. Burrill email@example.com or Mrs.
Ditlof firstname.lastname@example.org. Call display is unreliable, and we are more often than
not, unable to verify to whom we are speaking. As a precaution, we will not be
taking any over-the-phone permissions for students to leave the school.
Extended Absences of Choice/Vacations
Parents, if you plan vacations during the school year be advised that the absence may affect your child’s academic progress at school. The school will not provide ongoing homework your child during the absence. It is the parent’s responsibility to review and support the child’s learning. The cumulative effect of multiple extended school absences could result in significant gaps in my child’s learning and achievement. The absence may affect my child’s peer relationships at school. Please contact the main office to complete the Student Extended Absence Form and submit it to the school
administration a minimum of one week prior to the beginning of the absence. Extended leave absences will be considered excused only when this form has been completed.
When to Send A Note for your Child
- To leave the school for any reason
- To excuse a late
- To inform Phys. Ed. staff of an injury limiting participation
Attendance in Physical Education (Phys Ed).
When students are unable to participate in Physical Education classes, they will be required to do a written assignment related to the activity/topic being covered in class at that time. Specifics will be determined by the teacher and by the student.
In accordance with the Alberta Education Program of Study Guide, students can only be exempted from participation in Physical Education for religious or medical reasons.
- If you feel your child should be exempt for religious reasons, you must submit your statement requesting this exemption in writing.
- For medical reasons, a note written by a medical practitioner with statement of activities in which the student is not able to participate must be sent to the school.
In all cases, when an exemption is granted, other activities consistent with the aim and outcomes of the program will substituted where appropriate.
Did You Know?
According to the School Act, the only absences that can be excused are illness, medical / dental appointments, recognized religious holidays, suspensions from school and unavoidable emergency situations!
Sickness or Injury
Visit our Illness & Medical page for more information about students who become ill or suffer an injury in class.