Attendance Line: 403-777-7530 ext. 1.
According to the Alberta School Act, an individual who at September 1 in a year is 6 years of age or older, and is younger than 16 years of age shall attend school. A board shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a student who is enrolled in a school attends regularly and punctually. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to ensure compliance with this requirement and the responsibility of schools to ensure parents/guardians are informed promptly when the attendance of students is not satisfactory.
Let the School Know
We ask that Parents and Guardians contact the school at the number above whenever their child will be absent or late to class. Clearly state the child’s name, grade, and reason for absence. The office staff will attempt to contact parents if a student is absent and we have not been informed by 9:00 am.
Chronic late arrivals will first be handled by the homeroom teacher and then referred to school administration. Chronic lateness causes disruptions in student learning and impacts marks. Students who arrive late are to report to the office and sign in on the late sheet.
Appointments During the Day
Please notify the school when students are required to leave the school for medical or dental appointments. Parents need to pick up their child at the school office to sign out their child. Upon return to school, please sign in at the office.
Excused vs. Unexcused Absences
CBE guidelines regarding which absences/lates are considered excused and which are considered unexcused is the following The school principal has the authority to determine if an absence is excused or unexcused.
Illness, mental health condition or medical/dental appointment. If these are frequent or excessive you may want to request a medical note to excuse these absences.
- Family emergency, death or illness in the family
- Public Health quarantine
- Religious or cultural observance
- Extreme weather, transportation cancellations
- An absence directly related to homeless status
- Any absence from school for a day or a portion there of that does not meet the above criteria (please note that this includes family holidays and vacations taken during days schools are operational)
Student Extended Vacations
Extended vacations that conflict with school are strongly discouraged, especially in the higher grades as student's progress is often impacted by these unscheduled breaks.
Where it cannot be avoided, close cooperation between the home and school will somewhat minimize the interruption of academic progress. We request that parents complete the Extended Absence Form and submit it to the office well in advance of departure. Teachers will not be providing study materials or tasks for completion as it is impossible for students to catch up on all assignments especially for: direct teaching, Science labs, oral presentations, field trips, films, and guest speakers, hands on work, and group work.
Every Day Counts
Facts about attendance:
- Students who miss 15 days of school per year will miss a year of school before Grade 12.
- A student with 90% attendance will miss 4 weeks of school per year.
- Being 10 minutes late for class every day means the student will miss 6 days of instruction over the year.