Academic success is directly impacted by attendance, and therefore any activity which
inhibits a student’s ability to attend class, inhibits their ability to learn. The first priority
of the school is toward education and, as such, the school cannot support extended
“absences of choice”.
The school’s focus on the crucial importance of attendance is reflected in the following:
Halifax Regional School Board – Student Attendance Protocol for Schools – Guiding
“Students need to attend school regularly in order to meet the expectations of the
Education Act and the Public School Program ( PSP). They need to be present in order
to grow academically, socially, emotionally and physically in the direction set by the
PSP, and in order to have their learning assessed on a regular basis. it is essential that
eve!)’ school develop strategies to ensure the regular attendance of all students.”
Halifax Regional School Board – School Trio Guidelines
Regardless of the educational value of any school trip, even on International Trips,
schools are not permitted to take students out of school for any longer than 3 school
Lockview High School does recognize that, from time to time, personal opportunities (ie
a gifted athlete, extended international family trip etc.) may arise where parents/guardians
may be considering that their son/daughter have an extended absence. For purposes of
these guidelines, Lockview High School is defining “extended absences of choice” as any
absence longer than five school days and an absence considered for the reasons given
above and not absences which are “beyond the student’s control” (ie serious illness). We
ask that the following points be carefully considered prior to making a choice between
attending school and the extended “absence of choice”.
The attending Vice-Principal must be advised in writing or email by the
parent/guardian a minimum of three weeks prior to the beginning of the absence
in order to advise appropriate teachers and so that it is not assumed that the
student has left school.
The student should be in good standing with the school with regards to
While away the student should partake in a minimum of 2-3 hours designated
study time daily.
The student will be held accountable for all work missed. In some subjects/cases,
teachers may be able to provide packages of work for students to take with them
and/or communicate by email. In other subjects/cases, it will be entirely the
responsibility of the student to make up missed work before leaving and/or upon
Should a piece of formative assessment take place during the students “choice of
absence”, while the student will have an opportunity to complete a corresponding
summative assessment, it is understood that opportunities for the student to
engage in formative assessment work during the absence will be limited or nonexistent.
(Formative assessment pieces take place over a period of time, are used
to enhance student learning, and give the student more than one opportunity to
master the program outcome(s) before a mark is assigned. If a student is not
present in class during the period of time when a formative assessment piece is
provided, achievement of outcomes will be determined with a summative
assessment piece (one oppot1unity) for which a mark is assigned.)
Extended leave absences will be considered excused absences. Should the number
of these absences alone or combined with any other excused absence day(s)
exceed 6 days, the student will not be eligible to receive an exam exemption.
In some situations an assignment connected to the student’s schooling and the
reason for travel may be required for submission upon return.