Contact Information 

 

49 Terrace Street

Sydney, Nova Scotia

B1P 2L4

Phone(902) 562-5464

Fax(902) 564-4472

E-Mail:

 sydacademy@gnspes.ca

 

 


Guidance Office:

 

Phone:  (902) 562-7047

Fax: (902) 562-3747

 

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Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy
Students are required to attend all classes unless legitimately excused. Poor attendance has been found to be one of the major contributors to difficulties in academic performance. Instances of tardiness also pose an educational problem. Disruption and loss of instructional time are the direct results. The Board has instituted an Attendance Policy for High School to begin in September 2011. Students who miss in excess of 20% of classes will not receive credit for the class. Students who miss more than 20% of classes in more than two classes will be expelled for the semester. There will be a number of interventions to support attendance for students at risk. Students need to understand that tardiness is not tolerated in most jobs and, therefore, is not acceptable at school. The following steps will be used:
  1. Each teacher will take attendance during the class.
  2. All absences must be reported by a parent or guardian. This may be accomplished by calling the school at 902-562-5464. Absences must be reported within three (3) school days of the occurrence of the absence. It is the student's responsibility to see that absences are properly reported. 
  3. Students who need to be excused from any class during the school day must complete a dismissal slip at the main office, have it signed by both office personnel and the appropriate subject teacher, and then return it to the main office. The office must verify all requests to leave the school by contacting a parent, guardian, or some other responsible adult before the student can be dismissed. 
  4. Subject teachers have primary responsibility for checking that student attendance is satisfactory in their classes. Teachers will speak to students whose absenteeism or tardiness is unexcused, confer with fellow teachers, and, contact parents or guardians. 
  5. Chronic absenteeism without good reason will be treated as a disciplinary problem and will be referred to the school administration. 
  6. Students who are tardy on a regular basis will be subject to administrative intervention. Chronic tardiness will be treated as a disciplinary problem.
The Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, effective September 1, 2011, is implementing the Nova Scotia High School Credit Attendance pilot. Please read this policy here.
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