Attendance Policy



All students are expected to attend school regularly as required by law. By choosing to send your child to St. Susanna School, you are agreeing to our schedule and to have your child adhere to that. 

In order for students to fully benefit from the educational opportunities at Saint Susanna School, it is important that they be in attendance on all prescribed school days.  A typical full school day begins at 8:20am and ends with dismissal at 3:20pm. We will have occasional early dismissal days for meetings or religious observations. An emphasis on attendance will benefit students as they will have the maximum opportunity for achievement in school, and they will gain valuable life skills to be used beyond their school experience.  In the event that your child will be absent from school for the day or for a few hours please follow the guidelines below.

  1. It is the Parent/guardian’s responsibility to call or e-mail the school office at 839-3713 by 9:00 a.m. to report an absence.  If the school does not receive a call by that time, a staff member may call parents to check on the whereabouts of the child.

  2. If you wish to pick up homework for your absent child please notify the receptionist when you call to report your child’s absence.  The teachers will do their best to provide as much homework as possible; however, please keep in mind that some assignments may have to wait until your child returns.

  3. It is important for a student to make-up assignments from an absence in a timely manner in order to keep up with their classmates and not fall behind.  Therefore, students will have the number of days absent to make up their missing work.  For example:  if a student was absent for one day then missing work should be made up within one day of their return.  Any work not made up from an absence is subject to the teachers’ late assignment policies and could result in a zero if not made up appropriately.

  4. If your child has an extended illness (more than 3 consecutive days) parents should provide the principal with a doctor’s note.

  5. If the number of absences becomes excessive (more than 10 absences) the principal may contact the parent to determine an appropriate course of action. **Please note, students with excessive absences (20 or more), will be seriously considered for retention and/or may be referred for counselling.

  6. It is strongly requested that dental and doctor appointments be made outside of school hours.  However, if you need to take your child out of school you must sign your child out when taking your child out of the building and sign him/her back in when you return. Also, please have your child provide the teacher with a written note giving the reason and the time of the appointment.



We have an obligation to our students to set a good example as well as hold them accountable for being on time to school.  Parents play a major role in ensuring that their children arrive at school on time.  Please note the following:

  1. The school day begins promptly at 8:20 a.m. The warning bell rings at 8:15am, and students should be in their classroom prior to the bell to prepare for the day.  Students arriving after the bell must check into the office for a tardy slip.  Teachers will enter daily attendance.  Receptionist will update attendance throughout the day using sign-in/sign-out sheet.

  2. Students arriving at school between 8:20 – 10:15 AM are considered tardy.  After 10:15 AM, a student is considered ½ day absent.  Any student leaving school before 1:15 PM will be considered ½ day absent, as well.

  3. More than 5 tardies per quarter is considered excessive.  At 5 tardies in one quarter, parents may receive a call or email from their child’s teacher.  If the problem continues, a parent/principal conference will be set up to determine an appropriate course of action.