At WASS, it is expected that students will attend class every school day, all day to gain the maximum benefit from schooling in order to optimize their life opportunities. The school will keep a record of absences, lateness, and early dismissals. We understand that for maximum transfer of knowledge 90% percent attendance is necessary. Attendance lower then 90% could impact on academic standards.
Excused Absences:
  • Illness
  • Doctor/Dentist appointment for student
  • Bereavement
  • Religious observances
  • Prearranged family vacations
  • Extreme family emergencies
Unexcused Absences:
  • Missed taxi/bus or off bus for discipline reasons
  • Overslept
  • Finishing homework
  • Excursions – such as attending the fair, sports events, etc.
  • Doctor/Dentist appointment (for someone other than the student)
  • Not reporting to school when delayed due to weather
Attendance Record
A student’s attendance is considered to be at risk if it falls below 90% – ie a total of 5 days absent in a 10-week term. The school will:
  • Keep accurate attendance record for every student enrolled at the school (including attendance at both morning and afternoon sessions for Kindergarten, Pre-primary and Primary students, and every lesson/period for Secondary students) that are able to be reproduced in a written form.
  • Record in Class Attendance a student as:
    • Present for a half day when the student has attended at least 2 hours of instruction
    • Absent for a half day when the student has attended less than 2 hours of instruction
    • Attending if they are on a school-approved activity
    • Late if they are not present when attendance is recorded
    • Short term leave when the student has left and returned within a day (egappointment) less than half day absence
    • Early dismissal when the student leaves from school before the official end of school day but less than half day absence
  • Record whether a student’s absence was authorized or unauthorized;
  • Issue a leave pass to a student who has been granted permission to leave the school unaccompanied by a responsible adult, and record a student as:
    • Present for a half day when the student has attended at least 2 hours of instruction
    • Present if they are on a school-approve activity or attending off-site under a section 24 arrangement.