Part of the student's responsibility is to be at school on time and return to class promptly from recess, lunch, and other school events. Assisting students to assume these responsibilities is one of our tasks as educators. We expect parents to support us by ensuring prompt arrival for their children at the start of the school day.
The first morning bell rings at 8:20 a.m. All students must be seated in their homeroom by this 8:20 a.m. bell. Morning prayers will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. This is an important part of the day. Students, faculty, and parents have the opportunity to start the day by praying together.
All tardy students in grades 6-12 will be detained for one half hour of community service after school. This community service will be spent helping to clean the classrooms, but will not count towards the normal community service hours required from every student.
Absences refer to any period in which a student is not in class or some other scheduled school activity or event. Absences from St. John's are marked either 'excused' or 'unexcused', depending on the nature of the absence. It is important to note that the differentiation between excused and unexcused absences does not reside in parents informing the school of an absence (parents must notify the school of all absences, irrespective of their reason), but in the specific nature of the absence:
Excused absences are those which the school has been notified about in a timely manner (see below), and which fall into the following categories:
Assignments, tests or other work issued during the period of an approved excused absence must be made up by the student on his or her return to school. No penalties will be assessed for submitting such work on return, or for re-sitting any tests that were issued during the excused absence.
Unexcused absences (indicative):
Unexcused absences are EITHER those about which the school has not been notified in a timely manner (see below), or which do not fall into one of the categories of excused absence listed above. For example, unexcused absences might include absence for reasons of:
Assignments or other normal work issued during the period of an unapproved or unexcused absence must be made up by the student on his or her return to school; AND penalties for the lateness of work will apply. This means that classwork / homework handed in late will be deducted points in the normal way (one grade per day), and any tests, quizzes or examinations missed during the period of unexcused absence CANNOT be made up and will receive a mark of 0.
Notifying the school of absences:
Absences and grades (excessive absence policy):
Regular attendance is an important factor in grading procedures. Excessive absences will result in a lowered grade per semester as follows:
This may include excused absences, as situations warrant.
A student may not leave the premises for any reason without specific approval by the administration. Unavoidable medical appointments or other such dismissals are granted by supplying written requests to school before the start of the day. Notes must include the reason for being an excused, the time the student is being excused and who is coming to take the student. The student/parent must notify the homeroom teacher and obtain all homework assignments for classes missed, before leaving for the appointment. Failure to follow these procedures in full will prevent the student from being excused to leave for the appointment.
The school calendar has been arranged so that students are allotted sufficient time for vacations. Please arrange your vacations so that they do not interfere with your child's attendance. Students taking unauthorized vacation days will be subject to the excessive absences policy (above) and will not be allowed to make up tests or quizzes given during the absence. Prolonged unexcused absences, whether for travel or any other reason will result in the child being excluded from registering for the next school year.