At ESBCHS, we regularly remind students of the correlation between attendance and achievement, and since students are expected to attend school punctually and regularly in accordance with the School Act, we monitor their attendance closely and strive to keep them on track. Parents can expect regular communications from the school alerting them to their child’s absences, but once a student’s absences approach more than 5 in a class, our administrators and/or counselors become involved at various points to work with families to address the root causes of the attendance concerns. Please keep in mind that students can be withdrawn from a course if they miss in excess of 20 classes in a semester, however our ultimate goal is to avoid that and to work as a team with families to keep absences to a minimum.
All students who are late to class are required to sign in using the kiosks in the main office. Any student who is less than 20 minutes late and signs in at the office will have their attendance changed to LATE. If a student signs in more than 20 minutes late, their attendance will be shown as UNVERIFIED. A parent or guardian may choose to excuse the late.
COVID-19 Student Absences
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD IS SICK – Quick Reference COVID-19 Symptom Flowchart
Students with symptoms must not attend school.
If your child develops any of the following PRIMARY symptoms,
- Your child is legally required to isolate for 10 days.
- You are advised to complete the online AHS Self-Assessment for your child and follow all recommendations.
- Your child will be marked absent for ten (10) calendar days from the start of the symptoms.
- Your child cannot return to school until a negative test result has been received and the symptoms have resolved, whichever is longer.
- If your child receives a positive test result, he/she must follow all Alberta Health Services guidelines for mandatory isolation prior to returning to school.
The PRIMARY symptoms for COVID-19 are:
- Cough (new cough or worsening chronic cough)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (new or worsening)
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
If your child develops any of the following SECONDARY symptoms,
- Your child cannot attend school until symptoms resolve.
- Your child will be marked absent for five (5) calendar days from the start of the symptoms.
- If the symptoms resolve in less than 5 days, the student may return to school.
- Please notify the school if your child is returning earlier or staying home longer than 5 days so attendance can be updated.
The SECONDARY symptoms for COVID-19 are:
- Painful swallowing
- Stuffy nose
- Muscle or joint aches
- Feeling unwell, fatigue or severe exhaustion
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or unexplained loss of appetite)
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pink eye
Please refer to the following document for expanded information regarding students with COVID-19 symptoms:
Extended Leave / Vacation
As an educational institution, we are aware that extended holidays and extra-curricular related travel commitments occur during the regular school year. However, missing numerous consecutive classes during the school term can result in a student falling behind in their course work.
Please note that it is not always possible to recreate certain classroom activities such as demonstrations, lectures, class discussions, group work and pop quizzes for example, and as such it is not possible for teachers to create pre-packaged school work for students who are on extended leave.
Please refer to the following expectations that will assist you with developing a plan of success while on leave:
- Students are responsible for informing their teachers they will be away for an extended period of time.
- The Extended Leave Form must be completed at least seven days prior to departure by the student. In consultation with each of their classroom teachers, students must identify the key concepts they are likely to miss while away.
- Students may access assignments and/or handouts through their teacher’s website or Moodle, where applicable, or through a home work buddy that should be identified by the student prior to departure.
- Students are responsible for making up missed assignments on their own time while on leave, or after returning, unless otherwise exempt by the subject area teacher.
- The Extended Leave Form must be signed by the student’s parent or guardian, and then submitted to their school administrator.
You may download the form from the link below, complete it and return it to the school at least 7 days prior to the student’s last day.
ESBCHS Full-time Student Status - 2019-2020
In order to be considered a full-time student, ESBCHS requires that students adhere to Black Gold School Division’s Administrative Procedure 335 on Student Course Loads which reads as follows:
In order to make optimum use of facilities and resources, high school students are to register in sufficient courses each year in order to allow for graduation within three (3) years.
- High school credits are to be registered through the local school
- Grade 10 students are to register for a full course load of forty (40) credits or more
- Grade 11 students are to register for a minimum of thirty-five (35) credits
- Grade 12 students are to register for a minimum of fifteen (15) credits per semester
- A Principal may waive these requirements if it is deemed to be in the best interest of the student’s educational program.