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Toronto Catholic District School Board

ATTENDANCE POLICY
 
Regular and punctual attendance is respectful practice that is also an essential component for success in all courses at Brebeuf College School.  It is the student’s responsibility to avoid missing school except when absolutely necessary.  Absences related to employment, preparation for tests and exams, completion of assignments and other non-medical reasons are not acceptable and reduce the student’s chances for success.  As much as possible, medical and dental appointments should be scheduled outside of school hours.  At Brebeuf, the school day ends at 2:46 p.m., allowing ample time for commitments to be met following dismissal from school.  Family holidays should also be scheduled outside of the regular school year to allow students to obtain the full benefit of class instruction. If a student is unwilling or unable to attend regularly, his standing in the course(s) will be reviewed, and he may be removed from the course(s) and lose the credits(s).  To speak directly to our attendance secretary regarding concerns please call 416-393-5655.
 
Our SynerVoice Phone System will automatically contact the parent/guardian of any student who is late or absent. Student contact information must be accurate to ensure parents/guardians are informed immediately when an attendance concern arises. Students who are chronically late will meet with the vice-principal and may be subject to consequences which may include a detention or suspension from school.
 
a)     Signing Out – If a student must leave school early, parental permission is required. The student should go to the attendance office to sign out, prior to the beginning of the school day. The school requires parents/guardians to preferably provide a note or leave a telephone message on our attendance line.  Please include the name of the student, the time of departure and reason for the early dismissal.  It is the responsibility of the student to verify with the attendance secretary that the school has received the appropriate permission before leaving.  Students with an unauthorized absence from class will be recorded as truant and the appropriate consequences will be administered.
 
b)    Absences – When a student is absent, parents/guardians are asked to report the absence by calling the school, preferably before 8:00 a.m. (416-393-5508). When prompted by the voice message, please PRESS “2”.
 
·                     Please state clearly and spell your son’s name, his grade, and the reason for the             absence. If a student is absent for more than one day, parents are asked to call the school each day.
 
·                     If a call has been made, a note from home is not required to allow the student to             be re-admitted to classes.  However, if a call is not received, the student must             bring a note from a parent/guardian stating the days absent and the reason for the absence.
 
c)     Truancy – Any student who is absent from a class without a valid reason will be recorded as truant. The parent/guardian of a student who frequently skips will be contacted and disciplinary action will be taken. Students who skip habitually may be subject to suspension.
 
d)     Lates
 
·         School Lates – Students who arrive at school after 8:40 a.m. and are not in their Period 1 class for the start of the national anthem are considered late to school. When arriving before 9:00 a.m., the student must go directly to class where the teacher will admit the student and mark him late for class. Students who arrive after 9:00 a.m. must report directly to the attendance secretary. Students who are chronically late between classes will meet with the vice-principal and may be subject to consequences which may include detention or suspension from school.
 
 
·         Class Lates – Students who arrive late during periods 2, 3, and 4 go directly to class where the teacher will record the late.
 
·         Spare Period 1 – Students with a spare in Period 1 and who arrive late for Period 2, must remember to report to the attendance office to sign in and obtain an admit slip.
 
e)     Students 18 years and older: Students who have reached the age of majority (18 years) assume increased responsibilities. These students are given more privileges (e.g., making course change requests) and more control over their school attendance (e.g., writing notes for absences, signing themselves out, field trip permission). Students who are 18 years of age or older exhibiting habitually truant behaviour will have their status, as a Brebeuf student, reviewed by the principal.
 
f)      Leaving School Grounds: During the school day, students may not leave the school grounds unless they have signed out. Students who have reached the age of majority are exempted from this requirement as long as class time is not affected.