Experience has shown a direct correlation between successful course completion and regular course attendance. This policy assumes that:

  1. The student is responsible for school attendance.
  2. Class time is an essential part of acquiring a credit within the Ontario education system.
  3. Our school administration and staff will make the commitment to periodically communicate with parents/guardians about attendance infractions.

Attendance and Punctuality Expectations

  • Students are expected to attend every class and to be punctual.
  • Absenteeism will be reviewed by the school administration and the Madawaska Valley District High School (MVDHS) Student Success Committee.
  • Parents, guardians and students over 18 years of age must call the attendance phone line on every student absence. The automated telephone service (Synervoice) will contact home for absences.  This system is a requirement under the Minstry's Safe Arrival program.
  • Advance notice of absences is requested when possible.
  • No student is to leave the school property, when classes are scheduled, without signing out at the main office. This includes leaving school early for an appointment or due to illness.
  • If a student is expected to have a prolonged absence due to illness, etc.,  please contact the school administration.

Absences from School

There are three (3) categories of absence from school

  1. Absence with permission

    • An absence with permission is a legitimate/lawful absence due to such reasons as illness, a medical appointment or bereavement leave, where the school has received a telephone call from a parent/guardian on or before the first day of a student's absence.  If a call has not been received from a parent/guardian, the student is responsible for bringing a note to the office immediately on return to school.
    • If a note or phone call has not been received at the office by the day after the student's return, the absence is considered a truancy.
    • According to Ministry Guidelines, an absence for the purpose of paid employment is not a lawful absence. 
    • Notes written by students who are eighteen years of age or older will be accepted under the following conditions:
      • Notes must contain valid reasons for the absences which are acceptable to the school.
      • An acceptable note must contain the date of the absence and specifics, i.e. the name and phone number of the doctor, dentist, lawyer, etc. for confirmation.
  2. Excused

    • An excused absence is a legitimate/lawful absence due to school sanctioned activities, religious observance, inclement weather, school transportation issues and student enrichment programs.
  3. Truancy

    • A truancy is an absence which is neither an absence with permission nor an excused absence.  Interventions to address truancy could include counselling, attendance contracts, detentions, suspensions or alternative learning plans as deemed appropriate to support the student and improve attendance.