Absent Student Reporting

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Good attendance patterns are an important factor in a student's overall success at school. 

Report your child absent 

If your child is going to be absent, notify the school by choosing one of these three options for using the SchoolMessenger app:

  1. Download the SchoolMessenger smartphone app: search school messenger
  2. Access the website: go.schoolmessenger.ca
  3. Use the toll free #: 1-844-288-7628

Please see the instructions booklet for Using the SchoolMessenger app, website and Toll free # for SafeArrival 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. 

 

Did you know?

Key facts about school attendance:

  • If your child is 20 minutes late every day, he/she will have missed 12 days of instruction by the end of the school year.
  • If your child misses only two days of school per month, he/she will have missed one month worth of instruction by the end of the school year.
  • Students who are absent 15 days of school each year will have lost one year of instruction by the end of Grade 12.
  • 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:

  • setting a regular bedtime and morning routine;
  • getting clothes and backpacks ready the night before;
  • encouraging a positive attitude about school;
  • communicating regularly with your child's teacher;
  • talking with your child about his/her school day;
  • taking part in school events and activities to show your child that you value school and education;
  • planning vacations and appointments around the school schedule whenever possible; and
  • making sure your child goes to school, unless he/she is truly sick.

 

We can help

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.

 

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