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Attendance Expectations

Regular attendance at school is very important for optimal student achievement. The Education Act and Ministry guidelines require that students six years of age to 18 years of age attend school regularly, that schools report pupil absences to parents, and in cases of excessive or chronic student absenteeism, report these developments to external agencies for follow-up.

Safe Arrival & Early Intervention

Safe, caring and respectful schools guide all of the Renfrew County District School Board's (RCDSB) policies and procedures. Administrative Procedure 140 - Code of Conduct emphasizes that students come to school prepared, on time and ready to learn. When a student is absent from school, we investigate why and support every effort to have the student return to school. Parents/guardians should notify the school when their child is absent.

All of our schools base their first response on a safe arrival approach and early intervention, coupled with a school's daily attendance procedures. Principals define the early intervention approach for their teaching and support staff including the protocol for contacting parents. In addition, a school support counsellor may be assigned in response to student attendance patterns.

Additional Resources

Administrative Procedure 330 - Student Attendance Management (PDF, 45 kB)

Administrative Procedure 331 - Safe Arrival Program (PDF, 9 kB)

Administrative Procedure 140 - Code of Conduct (PDF, 25 kB)