Attendance

Attendance and Lates

The Westwind Regional School Board and the Cardston High School believes that regular attendance is a necessary requirement for all students. In a Professional Learning Community all stakeholders need to be responsible for regular school attendance. The primary responsibility for ensuring regular school attendance rests with the pupil and his/her parents in accordance with the School Act. Teachers and Administration need to inform parents of attendance concerns A person who has reached the age of sixteen is no longer compelled by law to attend school. However, once the decision to continue studies is made, pupils who are sixteen years of age or older must abide by the regulations and policies of the school and school board. Therefore, the Cardston High School has an attendance policy for all students. 

There are three types of absences:
  1. Unexcused Absence: a student is out of class without a legitimate excuse. Students will not be allowed to make up missed work or tests for grades but will be encouraged to do the work so that they will not fall further behind in the class.
  2. Verified Absence: a student is out of class and the parent or guardian is aware of the absence. Some excuses may not be acceptable, such as sleeping in, hair/nail appointments, shopping, skipping one class to study for another, and will be treated as “verified” absences. In these cases, it will be up to the discretion of the teacher to allow the student to make up any assignments, quizzes, or tests.
  3. Excused Absence: a student is out of class because of things such as school-based activities, extraordinary family situations, funerals, religious ceremonies, doctor and orthodontist’s appointments, etc.
If at all possible these types of appointments should be made after school or on days when school is not in session. Arrangements for these types of absences need to be made before the absence by the parent or guardian. Appointments require a note from the Dr. or Dentist etc. Students must check out at the office before leaving. It is a privilege to be involved in extra-curricular activities. Adequate attendance needs to be in order for any student to be involved in any of these types of activities. Coaches may revoke the opportunity to participate if attendance is a problem. Attendance is mandatory the day of a practice or game. If you cannot attend classes you will not be allowed to play. Procedure Punctuality is an important skill for all of our students to learn. How each individual teacher handles lates should be in the course outline handed to students on the first day of classes. Lates over 15 minutes into the class will be treated as an absence and must be cleared through the office. If desired, the teacher could determine that a certain number of lates constitutes an unexcused absence. (Three lates may equal one absence.) Thus, punctuality becomes a part of the attendance procedure and could result in a detention. Some other things a teacher may do could include having noontime detention for each late, some form of deterrent for any subsequent late, doing extra course work to make up for the time missed, or signing a late contract, etc. We hope this initiative will be beneficial to teaching the students of the Cardston High School responsibility and help better prepare them for life after high school.s an absence and must be cleared through the office. If desired, the teacher could determine that a certain number of lates constitutes an unexcused absence. (Three lates may equal one absence.) Thus, punctuality becomes a part of the attendance procedure and could result in a detention. Some other things a teacher may do could include having noontime detention for each late, some form of deterrent for any subsequent late, doing extra course work to make up for the time missed, or signing a late contract, etc. We hope this initiative will be beneficial to teaching the students of the Cardston High School responsibility and help better prepare them for life after high school.

Attendance Policy:
  • Students are expected to:
  • Attend all classes.
  • Inform the office of all absences prior to the day they miss.
  • Provide an explanation of absences and lates to teachers.
  • Sign-out at the office when leaving the school during class time.
  • Complete any work missed during any absence upon return.
  • Clear unexcused absence by 24 hours or attend Saturday School.
Saturday School/Detention

In order to allow students the opportunity to make up work for time that they have missed as well as get help on assignments, the school will be open according to the dates in the handbook as a Saturday School. The students will be required to report to the library where the supervising teacher will assist them. This opportunity is not only for the students who have had poor attendance but also for the entire student body.

The following procedures will be a guideline for Teachers and Administration in the attempt of informing parents and requiring the students to become responsible for their actions. Unexcused absences will be dealt with immediately, while the following guidelines will be used for all types of absences.

When students have missed any particular class “6” times the teachers/advisors will:
  • Speak to the students about responsibility.
  • Contact parents by way of a letter informing the parent of the student’s attendance, grades, and participation in class. This may be followed up with a phone call as well.
  • The teacher will place on file the returned signed letter from the parents and record on file any details of the contact made.
When students have missed any particular class “12” times the teachers will:
  • Send the student to the office in order to contact parents and set up a meeting time where attendance contracts may be discussed and signed.
  • The Administration will counsel with the students and parents informing them of the importance of regular attendance as well as possible course withdrawal.
When students have missed any particular class”18” times the teacher will:
  • Send the student to the office, where the Administration will discuss further options.
  • Students will be asked to withdraw from the course according to the signed contract and the student may be asked to attend the Alternate School for the remainder of the semester.
  • The student may be given the opportunity to stay in the class, attend with no more tolerance, and apply for the credit to be reinstated at the end of the semester.
  • Note: Exceptions may be made in the case of serious illness or other extraordinary circumstances that the Administration will rule upon.