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Regina Roman Catholic School Division
Secondary Attendance Practices
Prior Knowledge Form - March 2017.pdf
Emergent Issue Exemption Request Form March 2017.pdf
Travel Support Form Extended Period of Time - March 2017.pdf
We believe the four criteria most critical for student success are:
Attending classes regularly and punctually
Coming to school each day with a positive attitude and a willingness to work hard
Completing every assignment to the best of the student’s ability and submitting all work by due dates
Studying and preparing for all exams
Good attendance may be the most critical of the above four criteria, as it allows our teachers to work positively with students each and every day, focusing on those things that will lead to success. The aim of the attendance practice is to protect the integrity of course curriculum and to reinforce positive habits that are critical in all aspects of life (school, work, relationships).
The attendance practice in all of our high schools is as follows:
1. Attendance and Punctuality
All students attending a Regina Roman Catholic high school must attend all classes regularly and be punctual at all times. Students must attend all classes regularly and punctually a minimum of 85% (this includes excused or unexcused absences and/or lates) of the time in a given semester in order to be eligible to receive credit for that class. This is based on 100 hours of instruction which means that a student may not exceed 15 excused or unexcused absences or lates in a semester to be eligible to receive credit for that class (suspensions will be counted as part of the absences). Failure to comply with these attendance standards will result in a student’s removal from the class and he/she will no longer be eligible to receive a final grade for that particular class. Students under the age of 16 must be in attendance at a school and, in these cases, alternate learning arrangements will be made to accommodate these students who are dismissed from a class.
2. Extenuating Circumstances
There may be extenuating circumstances that require a student to be away for a period of time either with prior knowledge or as a result of something unforeseen. If this is the case there will be an opportunity to apply for an exemption to the Attendance Committee. The exemption could be of two types:
I. Prior Knowledge Form:
Use this form when there is advance knowledge of a student’s absence. This form must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the time the student will be away. Applicable circumstances would be such things as a foreseen surgery, athletic competition at an elite level (provincial or national) or fine arts performances at an elite level. (Please note: training or practice sessions do not qualify for this exemption.) The Attendance Committee will meet within three school days of the submission of the application and will inform the student no later than 24 hours after the decision has been made.
II. Emergent Issue/Extenuating Circumstances Form:
Use this form when there is an unforeseen situation which has required the student to be absent. Such absences might include a funeral, a sudden lengthy illness, family crisis or hospital stay. This form should be submitted as soon as the student returns to school.
Please note: Sick days are not included in our exemption policy unless they are accompanied by a doctor’s note.
3. Family Holidays
Extended Period of Travel Support Form:
This form is designed to support students who are absent because of family travel. Students should complete this form two (2) weeks prior to departure. This form provides a structure to inform the teacher about the absence and receive information about the upcoming assignments. The form also encourages students to stay connected about day-to-day class work using a “buddy” system. Although teachers will provide information about upcoming assignments, they are not obligated to provide extra tutoring to get students caught up. The family may need to consider out-of-school tutoring options. Families are encouraged to plan their vacations around existing school holidays to minimize the number school day absences.
Please note: Family vacations do not meet the exemption criteria.
We know that increased attendance and punctuality will help all of our students be more successful, not only in school, but in all facets of their lives. This is always our ultimate goal – to ensure the success and development of all students.
If you have any questions please call us at the school.