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Attendance

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 Opeongo High School 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.
      • There is a cap on the number of business absences that can occur in any course (see Maximum Absences).
  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 will receive a mark of zero. There is the expectation that the teacher will conduct an interview with the student after each skip in an attempt to correct behaviour. The subject teacher involved will also attempt to contact the parent or guardian if the Vice-Principal has not already done so.
    • If the student persists in skipping the parents will be informed and the student will be removed from the course or the school. For students under sixteen (16) years of age, an extended pattern of truancy may result in external suspensions.

Maximum Absences

Students and parents will be notified of the concern when they have a total of 12 to 15 absences in a given course. Students will be advised that their credit will be at risk if they accumulate more than 20 absences. Administration will review cases with more than 20 absences that are referred by the appropriate teacher.