The most important thing a student can do (and a parent can support) to ensure success in school is to have regular attendance in every one of his/her classes. Each day, direct teacher instruction occurs on curriculum aligned, high level topics; being taught in a traditional classroom setting by one of our excellent teachers is never the same as getting the notes outside of class time, or simply completing missed assignments. There are activities and discussions which occur in classes that simply cannot be replicated, and there are curriculum objectives that can only be achieved through participation. Teaching is a dynamic process; we often refine our practice, review, reteach, and re-assess based on formative assessment and information we gather during your child’s participation in class.
We understand and respect that some absences are out of your control (i.e. illness or death of a loved one, or a special family circumstance). However, as educators, we must be honest and upfront: planned absences have a negative educational impact that we cannot control, and we want to ensure you are aware of the impact. Ultimately, we will always respect your decisions.
Whatever the reason, be it medical or personal, if a series of absences can be forseen, we kindly ask parents to complete an Extended Absence Form in consultation with each of your child’s teachers ahead of the extended absence. Once the form is completed by teachers and signed by a parent, it needs to be handed in to our front office staff so they can adjust the attendance in PowerSchool, and then the Principal will receive the form.