Attendance/Absence

Attendance

Regular attendance is compulsory and necessary for success. Section 12 of the Alberta School Act states, “A student shall attend school regularly and punctually”.  Responsibility for attendance lies with the student and his/her parent/guardian.

Late/Absence

Please use our 24 hour absence line at 403-948-2445 to report an absent or late student. We track student absences from school and classes closely.  If we have not received a phone call, parents will be called at home or work to ensure student safety.  Only the parent/guardian can phone in an excusable absence or late. When a student is late or absent for medical reasons or appointments it will be regarded as an excused absence or late. If a student is late or absent because they slept in or missed the bus it is not considered excused. Any missed time/work will be expected to be made up by the student.

If a student arrives late to school or a class, they must check in at the office to get a late slip. If a student needs to leave the school before the end of the school day, they are required to be signed out by a parent or guardian.

Extended Absence

Parents may wish to remove their son or daughter from school for an extended period of time (longer than 3 days) for reasons other than those outlined in the Alberta School Act (bereavement, illness or other emergency). Muriel Clayton Middle School staff does not encourage this practice, however, in the event that parents make this decision, a letter is to be provided to your student’s teacher and grade level administrator, two weeks prior, outlining the reason for the absence.

It should be noted that teachers are under no obligation to provide additional work or tutoring for work covered during time missed, as this is a parental choice.

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