Attendance

REGINA PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE STRATEGY AND INTERVENTION PLAN

School attendance is both a right and a responsibility. School division teams actively partner with students and parents in the task of ensuring students meet or exceed the attendance requirements of Regina Public Schools and the Saskatchewan Education Act, 1995. RPS is committed to the full implementation of sections 156 to 162 of the Saskatchewan Education Act, which clearly defines student attendance as a responsibility that is shared among parents, students, teachers, principals and the Board of Education.

Regina Public School staff recognizes that consistent attendance, academic success, and school or grade completion have a positive correlation. The Attendance Strategy and Intervention Plan is not intended as a punitive measure. It aims to provide direction and to involve all stakeholders in achieving consistent attendance and therefore academic success for all students. Accurate course attendance records are imperative to the process.

 

RPS HIGH SCHOOL ATTENDANCE PROTOCOLS

Students who are aged 16 and older

  • After two (2) unexcused course absences, the Advisory teacher will contact home to inform the parents/guardians. The student will meet with the Advisory teacher to discuss attendance.
  • After four (4) unexcused course absences, a designated administrator/ guidance counsellor/ Indigenous Advocate from the attendance team will send a formal letter to the parent(s)/guardian(s). The student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) may be asked to meet with the attendance team.
  • After six (6) unexcused course absences, a designated administrator/ guidance counsellor/ Indigenous Advocate from the attendance team will meet with the student and will contact the parent(s)/guardian(s). The parent(s)/guardian(s) will be informed that the student is at risk of being withdrawn from the class and the possibility of a referral to the Learning & Re-Engagement Centre (if 16) or Pre-Adult Campus (if 17).
  • After eight (8) unexcused course absences, the student may be withdrawn from the course. A standard letter of notification will be sent to the parent(s)/guardian(s) informing them that the student has been withdrawn from the course.
  • After eight (8) CONSECUTIVE unexcused DAYS of school, the student may be withdrawn as per the Ministry of Education guidelines.
  • A student who has been withdrawn from a course may re-enrol in that course the next semester.

 

Students Who Are Under 16

  • After two (2) unexcused course absences, the Advisory teacher will contact home to inform the parents/guardians. The student will meet with the Advisory teacher to discuss attendance.
  • After four (4) unexcused course absences, a designated administrator/ guidance counsellor/ Indigenous Advocate from the attendance team will send a formal letter to the parent(s)/guardian(s). The student and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) may be asked to meet with the attendance team.
  • After six (6) unexcused course absences, a designated administrator/ guidance counsellor/ Indigenous Advocate from the attendance team will meet with the student and will contact the parent(s)/guardian(s). The parent(s)/guardian(s) will be informed that the student is at risk of being withdrawn from the class and the possibility of a referral to the Learning & Re-Engagement Centre (if 16).
  • After eight (8) unexcused course absences, the student may be withdrawn from the course and an alternate plan may be formulated (ex. Tutorial or LRC). A standard letter of notification will be sent to the parent(s)/guardian(s) informing them of the plan.
  • After eight (8) CONSECUTIVE unexcused DAYS of school, the student may be withdrawn as per the Ministry of Education guidelines.