Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy

Lower School

Every minute of a child's time at school is important.  Children who are absent for even one day or who arrive later than their classmates miss valuable instruction time and can easily fall behind in school. They also miss important socialization time and fun with their peers. Satisfactory school progress is dependent upon regular attendance.

Parents are requested to plan vacations, trips, and absences for personal reasons to correspond with school holidays so that the education process is not disrupted.

If a student does not attend his or her assigned class or activity and has not obtained teacher approval at least one day in advance, then the absence shall be presumed unexcused. Students will receive consequences for unexcused absences, which may include detention, parent conference, or referral to school administration.

If a student is sick, he or she is responsible for any and all missed assignments. The student should contact a classmate to get any important notes and assignments from classes missed.

If a student misses two or more periods in a day, with or without parental communications as to the reasons for the absence, then this will be recorded as a half-day excused or unexcused absence, as the case may be. Students on school trips (e.g., sporting or cultural trips) will not be recorded as absent.

Unexcused absence or tardiness may result in a student being unable to participate in activities the following day.

In order for a student to participate in an after-school activity, they must be in attendance during the last two classes of the school day. Elementary School students are not permitted to participate in or attend an Elementary School activity on a day they are absent from school. In order to participate in an activity, students must be present by no later than 12:00 noon on the day of the activity. The Principal will make the only exceptions to this policy.

Punctuality shows respect for classmates and teachers. Students are expected to be in their classrooms by 7:45 a.m. Students arriving after 7:45 a.m. will be considered tardy. Tardies will be recorded and will appear on student report cards. When a child will be late or absent from school, parents must notify the teacher.  If a student has excessive or frequent lateness, the school principal will meet with the parents to help to address this issue.

Lastly, it is the school's philosophy that attendance in class is of primary importance. There are times, however, when an absence is unavoidable. In such cases, the parent is responsible for advising the school. Assignments and examinations often cannot be given in advance and will have to be completed upon the student's return. These absences are included in the attendance policy.  

Please note that attendance during exams is mandatory and, barring an emergency, students will not be allowed to miss an exam.

Upper School

Students who have accumulated 20 absences or more within the academic year may be retained or withdrawn from GAAQ.  Decisions on withdrawal or retention is on a case-by-case basis where academic performance, attitude to learning and school behavior are considered in administration's decision.

If a student is sick, he or she is responsible for any and all missed assignments. The student should phone a friend to get any important notes and assignments from classes missed. If a student plans to be away for some reason, they must give the school written notice at least one day before the absence. It is the student’s responsibility to complete all work missed. 

Absences are not recorded as excused or unexcused. The days absent will be reflected on the report card along with the number of days present and the total number of school days in each trimester.

Students on school trips, e.g., sporting, MUN, or cultural trips, will not be marked at absent.

In order for a student to participate in an after-school activity they must be in attendance the last two classes during the school day. GAAQ Upper School students are not permitted to participate in or attend a Upper School activity on a day they are absent from school. In order to participate in an activity, Upper School students must be present or, if late to school, be present by 12:00 noon on the day of participation. The only exceptions to this procedure will be made by the principal.

Lastly, students are expected to be in class on time.  If a student arrives late in the morning, he or she is expected to have a parental note.  Unexcused tardies will result in detentions. Students more than 10 minutes late to class at any point in the day will be considered missing class unjustifiably, and consequences will be issued per school guidelines.