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Our student Common Attendance Practice is presently under review for our new realities. Should an update be required, our students' homes will be notified.

​​​​Regina Catholic Schools Common Attendance Practice

"Attendance Matters!"

​The aim of the attendance practice is to protect the integrity of course curriculum while adhering to the expectations of regular attendance as outlined in Section 156 of the Education Act,

Regina Catholic Schools believe there are four critical criteria for student success:

1.         Regular and punctual attendance.

2.         A positive attitude and a willingness to work hard.

3.         The completion of every assignment to the best of the student's ability and adherence to due dates.

4.         Proper preparation for all exams and assessments.

Good attendance may be the most critical of the above four criteria, as it allows our teachers to work positively with students each day. 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 punctually a minimum of 85% of any class for which they are registered, including excused or unexcused absences and/or lates. 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 class within a semester. Any student who is absent for more than 15% of any particular class (15 periods – excused or unexcused, suspensions included) may be dismissed from the 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 t​hat require a student to be away for a period of time either with prior knowledge or as a result of an emergent situation. If this is the case there will be an opportunity to apply for an exemption to the school's 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 may include medical, athletic competition at an elite level (provincial or national) or fine arts performances at an elite level. (Please note: training or practice sessions may not qualify for this exemption.)

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 or emergent medical circumstance. This form should be submitted as soon as the student returns to school. Sick days are not included in our exemption policy unless they are accompanied by the appropriate documentation.

3. Extended Period of Travel 

Exended Period of Travel Support Form.pdf​:

This form is designed to support students who are absent because of family travel. Please be aware that vacations do not qualify for exemptions. Families are encouraged to plan their vacations around existing school holidays to minimize the number of school day absences. Students should complete this form 10 school days prior to departure. 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 or online learning options depending on the course and length of time away.

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