Good attendance patterns are an important factor in a student's overall success at school.
DCDSB uses SafeArrival as our student absence reporting system. SafeArrival allow parents/guardians to report their child's absence quickly and conveniently several ways:
All 3 methods will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Therefore future absences may be reported ahead of time, i.e.; Doctor's appointment.
In addition, SafeArrival has an automated notification system to contact parents who have not reported their child absent. The automated notification system will contact parents at multiple contact numbers until one of the designated contacts is reached. If our system is unable to reach a designated contact after 15 minutes, office staff will follow up. By reporting your child absent in advance using the SafeArrival toll free number or SafeArrival Parent Portal website, you will not receive a call.
View the SafeArrival Parent Portal Instructions booklet for more information.
For extended student absence (e.g. vacation, medical) of 5 consecutive days or longer, please complete "Request for Temporary Excusal of Attendance" form and submit to the Main Office.
Key facts about school attendance:
Students who attend school regularly tend to be more engaged in their learning, feel more connected to the school and have better academic outcomes than students who miss a lot of school.
Families can support good attendance at school by:
Let St. Mary Administration know right away if there is a problem or concern. There are many ways we can work together to get attendance back on track, or prevent an attendance problem from starting.