ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL & EARLY DEPARTURES
ABSENCE REPORTING SYSTEM – STUDENT ABSENCES AND APPOINTMENTS
All absences must be reported by a parent or guardian to our automated attendance system School Messenger either by visiting go.schoolmessenger.ca via or by phone (1-877-409-6310). The SchoolMessenger system is accessible 24 hours, seven days a week to report future absences and late arrivals
Advance reporting is possible at any time (e.g. vacations). When reporting a same day absence, reporting must be done by 9:15 a.m. Should you miss this reporting cut-off, the system will begin a series of calls and emails to parents for a 30-minute period, or until it receives a response.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE IF YOU HAVE MISSED THE REPORTING CUT OFF, wait to receive the call or email, listen to the prompts and respond accordingly.
When a student arrives after 8:55 a.m., they are considered absent as they are absent at the time attendance is taken please ensure that late arrivals are reported via https://go.schoolmessenger.ca
Students arriving late must report directly to the office to obtain a “late slip” in order to be admitted to class and amend their attendance record from absent to ‘late’.
These important procedures assist us in tracking the whereabouts of every student in the school.
We appreciate that it is not always possible to schedule appointments outside of school hours. For instances when this cannot be avoided, please adhere to the following procedure in order to minimize disruption to the learning environment of all students:
- Do not report early departures to our automated attendance line as the information cannot be transferred effectively to the classroom teacher
- Do communicate the early departure clearly to your child and ask them to meet you in the office at a designated time. We try to avoid calls to the classroom in order to minimize disruption.
- Do communicate the time and reason for early departure with your child's teacher ahead of time. This will avoid the need for the teacher to stop instruction to the class to give homework assignments or communications to go home.
- Do try to arrange departure times to follow with natural breaks in the timetable, i.e. between periods or before nutritional breaks
Parents/Guardians must sign students out at the office when they leave for an appointment during the instructional day and sign them back in if they are returning to school.
TO REPORT YOUR CHILD ABSENT OR LATE
Call the student attendance line: 1-877-409-6310 or go to: https://go.schoolmessenger.ca