St. Mary takes student attendance very seriously. With 110 hours allotted per course, High School students who miss a significant number of classes may find themselves in jeopardy of losing their credit. The number that our Administration looks at as being “at risk” for losing their credit is 15 days. However, many different situations may contribute to that number such as; illness, family matters or personal situations. Regardless of the reason, it is the responsibility of not only the student but the family as well to contact the school and confirm the whereabouts of the student on the day(s) they were absent.
This is the process:
- A parent or guardian must call the school (613) 342-4911 and press “1” for attendance to let our attendance secretary (Mrs. Jane Gzik) know that their son/daughter will not be at school and state a reason why. You may talk to Mrs. Gzik directly or leave a message for her. Please remember to leave a detailed message. If using a cell phone please make sure the connection is clear.
- Once attendance has been taken during Period 1 of that particular school day, Mrs. Gzik will make place a “synervoice” call out to those homes that have not yet reported their child’s absence to the school.
- If an earlier phone call had not been received from home to the school yet, another “synervoice” will be sent home at the end of the school day to make the parents/guardians aware of which classes their child missed. A phone call to the school at this point would be appreciated.
- If parent/guardian forgets to call the school, then it is expected their child will bring a note the very next school day that the child attends, written by the parent or guardian with an explanation of the absence. If a note or phone call still hasn’t been received by 7:50 am the day after the student returns to school, then it will be registered as a “SKIP” and the student will serve a lunch-hour detention that particular school day with either the Principal (Mr. J.P. Elliott) or Vice-Principal (Mrs. Christa Monds). A note can be brought in or phone call can still be made after 7:50a.m that day, but the detention will still remain.
- In the event of a student skipping a class, contact with the home will be made and detentions will be assigned. In the case of excessive skips/unverified absences in school or out of school suspensions may be assigned. Contact with home will also be made in this rare situation. If a student is not attending school or not attending their assigned consequences from missing school, a parent meeting will be set up to discuss further options.
If you have any questions at any time about our attendance policy you may contact:
Mr. Matt Reil
(613)342-4911 x 163