Ministry of Education Regulations state that “all students shall attend classes regularly
and punctually.” Class
participation forms an integral part of all courses. In order for students to be successful and
realize their academic potential, regular attendance and punctuality are not
only expected, but required by statute.
Responsibility for attendance and punctuality rests with the students
and their parents.
The School Day
Neil is a semestered school with a four period day. The building will be open to the students
from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm. Students
should not be in the building outside of these times unless they are
participating in a school sanctioned activity under the direct supervision of a
If a student will be absent or late a parent/guardian should
telephone the school in the morning before 8:15 am. Please leave a message at: (416) 393-5502,
ext. ‘2’ In your message please indicate: the identity of the caller, the
student’s name, the reason for absence/lateness, and a phone number where
verification can be obtained if necessary.
Upon returning to the school, a note, signed by the parent or
guardian to verify the absence must be presented to the attendance secretary
before Period 1, to obtain an Absence Verification. A student will not be admitted to class
without an admit slip from the Office.
A student who is absent from school during the day for any reason
will NOT be permitted to participate in any after-school, evening or
co-curricular activity. The situation
must be discussed with a member of the Administration. The principal has the right to refuse student
participation in any school/or extra-curricular activity.
Punctuality and Late-to-Class
Ø Students are expected to be on time
and prepared for each period. Tardiness
is not only detrimental to the progress of the student who is late but equally
important is the disruption of the class and the disrespect shown to the
teacher and students in the classroom.
Ø Students are considered late for class
if when the bell rings, they are not in class, in complete uniform, with all
the required books and materials.
Ø A student who arrives late to school
in the morning must obtain a Late Slip from the Attendance Secretary.
Ø A student who is habitually late
without good reason or parental notification may be detained in the office.
Ø Classroom teachers will track all
student lates (accumulated on a per period basis).
A Guideline for Consequences for accumulated,
unjustified lates are:
1 – 4: Excused with notation on
1 Day, Habitual Neglect of Duty
Work, Catholic Children’s Aid or Alternative Education Referral
All students who arrive at school after the start of the school
day MUST sign with the Attendance
Secretary before going to any classes.
Leaving School Property
Students are encouraged to participate in a wide range and variety
of extra-curricular activities during the school day. Students in grade 9 or 10 are not permitted
to leave the school property at lunch break. Students must sign out at all
times when leaving school property during the day. Students who request the sign out privilege
during the scheduled classes require parental permission to leave school.
Those students eighteen years of age or older who wish to have
sign-out privileges, with parental contact waived, are to provide a letter from
their parents acknowledging this situation.
This privilege is extended and/or granted on an individual basis and
must be approved by the Principal only.
Every student re-entering the school must sign in upon their arrival to
Any forging of a parental signature will be treated as a very
serious matter and may result in a suspension.
A student wishing to be dismissed early from school MUST
obtain a sign-out slip prior to
leaving the building.
The student must provide a dated note, signed by a parent/guardian,
stating the reason and the time of the sign-out, to the Attendance Secretary
before the beginning of Period 1.
Sign-out slips should be retained by the student until the next
day to show those teachers whose classes were missed because of the sign-out.
Students under the age of 18 cannot be released from the school for any reason
without parental permission.
Please try to avoid scheduling routine
doctor/dentist appointments or personal business during the school day.
Truancy – ‘Skipping Class’
All students are required to attend EVERY
class listed on their timetables, as well as all events, functions and
activities deemed to be parts of the curriculum by the school (assemblies,
liturgies, retreats, etc.) Failure to do
so is considered a serious breach of school regulations and is dealt with in
the same manner as an unjustified absence or skipping class. (i.e. conference
with parent or guardian, possible detention and/or possible suspension).