Attendance Line: 403-777-6680 ext. 1
Phone for Safety
We ask that you make use of the absence line (403-777-6680, extension 1) for the safety of our students. You send your children to school assuming they will arrive safely. We assume they will come each day unless you let us know otherwise. If your child is going to be late or absent please call the school and leave a message on our absence line before 9:00 AM. We check calls from the absence line before recording attendance each morning and afternoon.
When Students Arrive Late
that arrive late for school, after the outside doors have closed, need to come
to the front doors and ring the bell (on the right side of the doors). They must check in at the office and get a
late slip before going to their classes.
Student Illness / Absence
We expect students to attend school on time every day. When your child is ill, please make arrangements so that they can stay home and get better. If your child becomes ill at school, you will be contacted and asked to pick up your child as soon as possible. Please ensure all contact numbers are up to date so you can attend to your child promptly if they are ill or injured. Extended holidays are considered unexcused and parents are responsible for programming during their child’s absence.
Why Attendance Matters
Regular school attendance has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.
We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. When students miss too much school it can cause them to fall behind academically. Regular school attendance is an important life skill on the path to graduation and future employment.
Did you know?
- By grade 3, students with regular attendance are more likely to read at grade level.
- By grade 6, regular attendance is a predictor of high school completion.
- By grade 9, regular attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than test scores.
Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time. Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:
- Listen and show an interest in your child’s day.
- Encourage your child to do well in school and praise their success.
- Help your child maintain daily routines such as, eating breakfast, turning off electronics two hours before bedtime and going to bed early.
- If possible try to schedule dental and medical appointments after school hours or on days off from school.
- Send your child to school unless sick.
- It may be a concern if your child is often sick, complains about going to school and/or struggles with school work.
- Ask for help from the school before the problem gets too big. No problem is too small.
Let us know how we can best support you and your child so they can attend school regularly and punctually. If you have any questions or need more information please contact us.