Regular and punctual attendance, along with preparation for class, is expected of all students and has a direct relationship to success. This level of expectation is primarily the responsibility of students and parents. The school will support the efforts of parents and students in establishing positive behaviours.
- School-directed field trips and curriculum-related activities, pre-approved by the Administration, will be identified as school-related absences on a student's attendance file.
- Requests to sanction absences due to provincial or national competitions, religious ceremonies, and medical situations should be directed to an Administrator and will be reviewed on an individual basis of need.
An automated phone system contacts the home in the evening daily when a student has missed a class. If you are not aware of the absence, you are encouraged to speak to your son/daughter and contact the school if you would like follow-up action.
Parents/guardians are requested to notify the school with a brief message at 780.568.3642 or [email protected] to report all absences.
Homework requests must be made by 9.30 AM via email to the student’s teacher for pick up at the office at the end of the school day.
Teachers generally make contact with parents if students have missed five or more classes without reasonable explanation. If necessary, a teacher may refer attendance concerns to a Counsellor or an Administrator.
Parents are encouraged to sign up for PowerSchool.
The SSS attendance policy is in concurrence with the Alberta Education Act and is summarized as follows:
- Students will attend classes regularly.
- Students who are absent must have parents contact the school to explain the absence (telephone, email).
- Student absences due to medical reasons may be excused with medical documentation.
- Students are responsible for the class material missed and will be required to make up assignments or tests as needed.
- The first offence may result in lunchtime detentions equivalent to the class time missed and/or a letter of warning sent home.
- The second offence may result in a suspension of up to five days. A request will be made for the parents to accompany the student when they return from suspension to meet with the school administration. A contract will be signed to guide future behaviour at the school.
- The third offence will result in a meeting with the student, parent/guardian, and school administrator to discuss the student’s enrollment status. A decision will be made regarding the status of the student and a possible alternate education program. Failure to comply may result in a recommendation for expulsion.
Sign-In / Sign-Out
Students who arrive late or need to leave school at some point in the school day are requested to sign in/out at the school office. This information may be critical in case of an emergency and may also be an important reference when verifying attendance. These absences, however, are not automatically excused. Parent consent by way of a phone call or e-mail must additionally be received.
Student Absence during the School Year
Parents/guardians sometimes choose to take students out of school for extended periods such as vacations, visits to relatives, assistance to the family, and so on. In such situations, parents/guardians must accept responsibility for the detrimental academic effects of the absence. Regular class attendance is important to achievement. If an absence is planned during the school year, the student or parent should let both the school administration and the various subject teachers know well before the absence. The teacher is under no obligation to provide work in advance for a student for any reason. Students are responsible for making up the work missed within a reasonable amount of time upon their return.
Please note that in virtually all situations, significant absences will have a detrimental effect on achievement.