The Gus Wetter School community believes that regular daily attendance in school builds community and supports academic excellence.
- Regular attendance is one of the most important contributing factors to student learning.
- Responsibility for regular attendance rests with students and parents/guardians.
- The parents of students are encouraged to make personal appointments for their child outside of school time whenever possible.
- Parents are asked to contact the school between 8:00 am and 9:00 am if your child is to be absent.
- All absences from class will be recorded. Attendance reports will be available to students and parents/guardians.
According to the school act, a student is excused from school if
- the student is ill
- The day is considered a religious holiday by the family
- The cause of the absence was unavoidable (e.g. Weather)
- The student is suspended or expelled.
In addition Gus Wetter School recognizes other reasons for excusable absences
- Student has a medical or dental appointment
- Student has permission from the principal to be excused from classes. (field trip, school related function)
- A parental request has been presented and approved by the principal (holidays)
An inexcusable absence is an absence that does not fall under a) – g) above or one where the parent has not given approval and / or prior notification to the school.
Some examples of inexcusable absences would be: driving around Main Street, hair appointments, tattoos, and nails to list a few.
Consequences for poor attendance
- When a student has an inexcusable absence, the subject teacher will notify parents.
- After the second absence, the parents will be notified by the administration.
- After the third absence, a letter will be forwarded to the parent between the student, parents and administration.
- When a student has a total of four absences a meeting will be held between the student, parents and administration.
- On the fifth absence a letter will go home to the parents in which the parents must sign and return.
- When the student has the sixth absence a meeting will be held with the parent, student and administration to implement the final step in the attendance policy which will be withdrawal from the course.
All students attending Gus Wetter School are encouraged to arrive on time and prepared for their classes. For those students who choose to arrive inexcusably late for their classes, the following will occur.
- Every three lates will be considered an inexcusable absence.
- At this point the consequences for poor attendance will come into effect. Students who choose to be continually late will then be treated the same as students who choose to demonstrate and exhibit poor attendance practices.
Spring Prom: Grade 12 Students
To be eligible to participate in the spring prom students must:
- Be registered as a full time student at Gus Wetter in their grade 12 year (ie. enrolled in courses in 7/8 "blocks" at Gus Wetter School)
- Be registered in sufficient credits and appropriate courses to qualify for an Alberta High School Diploma or a Certificate of Achievement or have fulfilled the majority of their IPP goals (in the case of students working in ungraded curriculum).
- Be on schedule to complete all course work for any correspondence courses they may be taking in the spring semester.
This refers only to any courses necessary to fulfill the 100 credit/required course graduation requirements and/or courses necessary to fulfill the 7/8 blocks requirement specified above. Note: Students will receive a schedule with expected completion dates for their lessons upon commencement of the course. A copy of the schedule is mailed to the parents.
- Have paid all outstanding school fees by the end of February.
In March-April, a letter will be sent to the parents of grade 12 students advising them of the Prom status of their child(ren).
Students who do not meet the above requirements and whose prom status is therefore “ineligible to attend”, may make an appeal to participate in prom by submitting a written letter to the “Prom Appeals Committee”. This committee includes the Principal, Vice-Principal, one high school teacher, and the School Council Chair (or designate).
Special permission to participate in Prom may be granted in some circumstances, providing the following conditions are met, along with any other reasonable conditions the committee may impose:
- The student has passing marks in all locally taught courses (necessary to fulfill the 100 credit/required course graduation requirements) at the mid-term Semester II report card.
- The student maintains good attendance in all courses he/she is enrolled in.
- All school fees/student union fees are paid in full by the mid-term Semester II report card.
If a student fails to meet these conditions, he/she will not be granted permission to participate in the Spring Prom.
This decision is final and will be communicated to students and their parents after the mid-term Semester II report cards or at a date mutually agreed to by the committee and the student (and parents).
Notwithstanding the above, unforeseen circumstances may warrant students being ruled either eligible or ineligible for the prom. This will be communicated to the parents/guardians by the Principal. These cases are also subject to appeal as described above.
It is an expectation that the grade 12 students and their parents will be responsible for the planning and decorating of the hall and school gymnasium for the prom. Grade 12 students will fundraise for the decorations via community sponsored events such as the “Castor Little Theatre” function.
It is also an expectation that at least one grade 12 parent will attend prom meetings held by the school: and preferably at least one grade 11 parents as well.
Student union monies will not be used to subsidize the prom decorations.
The school will not support in any way the pre/after prom celebrations, including “safe grad” or “dry grad”.