Regular attendance is extremely important to enable a student to achieve the highest possible standing relative to his/her abilities. Section 12 of the School Act states....
“A student shall attend school regularly and punctually.”, Section 13 of the School Act states, "An individual who is younger than 16 years of age, shall attend school.” Notwithstanding that, a student is excused from attending school on a day on which the school is open if
- the student is unable to attend by reason of sickness or other unavoidable cause,
- the day is recognized as a religious holiday by the religious denomination to which the student belongs,
- the principal of the school has suspended the student from school and the suspension is still in effect,
- the student is expelled from a school and has not been given permission to enroll in another school
The responsibility for regular attendance lies with the student and the parent. Students must also accept the consequences of their actions should they choose not to accept this responsibility. Students have an obligation to contribute to, as well as benefit from, the learning experience. Irregular attendance curtails a student’s ability to contribute, and often hinders the progress of the class.