Attendance Line: 403-777-6670 ext. 1
Regular attendance and punctuality is the responsibility of the student and the parent/guardian. Parents are requested to inform the school by phone or a note when a student will be absent or late. An explanation of the absence is required. If we do not hear from the parent/guardian, the office staff will phone you or your emergency contacts. Chronic absenteeism or lates will be followed up by the principal so that an attendance plan can be created in order to avoid referrals made to the attendance officer.
Students who arrive late are asked to report to the office to receive a late slip before going to class, otherwise a phone call will be made to report the student absent. Students will give the late slip to the classroom teacher.
Appointments During the Day
Please notify the office when students are required to leave for medical, dental or other appointments. For safety and security, students will not leave the school during instructional time until parents have signed them out at the office.
Family Holidays and Extended Leaves
If you are planning on taking your child out of school for 10 instructional days or longer, during the instructional year, parents are required to meet with the principal.
Attendance and Academic Success
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: