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Attendance

Student Agenda 2016-2017

Experience has shown a direct correlation between successful course completion and regular course attendance. This policy assumes that:

  1. The student is responsible for school attendance.
  2. Class time is an essential part of acquiring a credit within the Ontario education system.
  3. Our school administration and staff will make the commitment to periodically communicate with parents/guardians about attendance infractions.

Attendance and Punctuality Expectations

  • Students are expected to attend every class and to be punctual.
  • Absenteeism will be reviewed by the school administration and the Fellowes High School (FHS) Student Success Committee.
  • Parents, guardians and students over 18 years of age must call the attendance phone line on every student absence. The automated telephone service (Synervoice) will contact home for absences.
  • Advance notice of absences is requested when possible.
  • No student is to leave the school property, when classes are scheduled, without signing out at the main office. This includes leaving school early for an appointment or due to illness.
  • Skipping class is not acceptable and will result in detentions and escalating consequences.
  • If you are absent for medical or dental appointments for long-term illnesses (more than 3 days), you must have a doctor's certificate.

Absences from School

There are three (3) categories of absence from school

  1. Excused

    • An excused absence is a legitimate absence due to illness, a religious observance, compassionate leave, or participation in a school sanctioned activity. Where the school has not received a telephone call on the first day of a student's absence, the student is responsible for bringing a note to the office immediately on return to school.
    • If a note or phone call has not been received at the office by 8:45 the morning of the student's return, the absence is considered a truancy.
    • Excused absences on an evaluation day will result in either a "no mark" or permission to do a make-up evaluation, depending on the policy of the department in question. There is a cap on the number of excused absences that can occur in any course (see Maximum Absences)
  2. Business

    • Business Absence - the school recognizes that adult or independent living students may have to be absent from school to conduct business. A well-documented business absence does not count as a truancy.
    • Notes written by students who are eighteen years of age or older will be accepted under the following conditions:
      • Notes must contain valid reasons for the absences which are acceptable to the school.
      • An acceptable note must contain the date of the absence and specifics, i.e. the name and phone number of the doctor, dentist, lawyer, etc. for confirmation.
  3. Truancy

    • A truancy is an absence which is neither excused nor a business absence is considered a truancy. Truant students will be assigned detentions and/or suspensions, as appropriate.
    • Students who develop a pattern of truancy will be referred for counselling. A student who misses tests or other evaluative procedures while truant may receive a mark of zero.