N.N.O.C. Attendance Policy
The Attendance Policy has been developed to address the issue of overall student attendance at Nisichawayasihk Neyo Ohtinwak Collegiate.
There is a strong positive correlation between students’ attendance and students’ academic success in schools.
Students who attend classes infrequently have historically done poorly academically. NEA believes that it is imperative that students attend classes regularly in order to ensure academic success.
Each student will be held accountable for regular attendance with the view that good attendance:
- Enhances learning and achievement
- Improves self-esteem
- Improves opportunity for future choices
- Improves opportunities for employment
- Develops a pattern of behaviour, which will stand the student in good stead in the future
- Student: It is the responsibility of the student to maintain regular and punctual attendance.
- Parents/Guardians: It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to contact the school office by telephone or note prior to each absence or upon the immediate return to school of the student.
- School: It is the responsibility of the school to monitor attendance, to record attendance and to notify parents of unacceptable attendance patterns.
Total periods of absence (excused and unexcused) within each course must not exceed 10% of available instructional periods i.e., 10 periods for that course. Students who exceed this maximum may be placed on course audit status (no credit), may have the course final examination privileges withdrawn, or if beyond compulsory school age, may be required to withdraw from the course. The school administration may extend this limit in individual situations, (e.g. medical reasons).
School administration may grant excused absence status for student illness, cultural ceremonies, family emergencies and other special circumstances as arranged and confirmed beforehand by the parent or guardian with the school office.
All absences will be considered unexcused if the office has not received contact from the parent or guardian. Unexcused absences are unacceptable and action will be taken after each unexcused absence.
After a maximum of four (4) unexcused absences in a semester, students will be required to withdraw from the course or to commit to an attendance performance contract. Further unexcused absences by students over the compulsory school attendance age will result in removal from the course.
Students are expected to be on time for their classes. Lateness is occasionally unavoidable due to inclement weather, medical appointments, bussing, etc. Students who are late must report directly to their class and record the reason for being late with their teacher. Three (3) incidents of lateness without an acceptable reason will constitute one (1) unexcused absence.
a) Keeps a record of his or her attendance in each class.
b) Confirms with parent or guardian that a telephone call has been made to the school or takes a dated and signed note from parent or guardian to the teacher explaining an excused absence, either prior to or on the day following, an absence.
c) Writes a dated and signed note explaining the reason for any lateness for class and hands it into the teacher at the end of that class.
d) In the case of truancy or excessive absenteeism, meets with the administration and signs the attendance performance contract where applicable.
a) Prior to a student absence, telephones the school or dates and signs a note explaining the reason for the absence and gives the note to his or her son or daughter to take to the teacher.
b) If no prior explanation provided, telephones the school or dates and signs a note explaining the reason for the absence and gives the note to his or her son or daughter to take to the teacher on the day the student returns to school.
c) In the case of truancy or excessive absenteeism by the student, meets with the administration and signs the attendance performance contract where applicable.
a) Teachers will keep accurate and timely daily records of student attendance as per administrative direction (including notes from students explaining absenteeism or lateness) and will advise the administration of any abnormal attendance patterns by students requiring administrative intervention, as per the attendance policy.
b) After two (2) truancies or 5 absences, the administration will meet with the student and a letter will be sent to the student’s parent/guardian advising them of the situation.
c) After four (4) truancies or seven (7) absences the administration will meet with the parent/guardian and the student to discuss the attendance pattern, to warn them of the pending withdrawal from the class and to have them sign an attendance performance contract where applicable.
d) After ten absences, the administration will send a letter to the student and to his or her parent/guardian advising them that although they are welcome to continue in the class for educational purposes, pending an appeal, no credit will be granted.
e) Administration will hear the appeal and will rule whether credit will be re-instated or denied.