The Ministry of Education, under O.S.S. (Ontario Secondary Schools), states that, “Regular attendance on the part of students is vital to the learning process.”

It goes on to say: “Where attendance has been identified as an essential part of the course . . . and where the student is unwilling to attend regularly such a student will normally fail to achieve credit.” Students who miss days (excluding funerals, illnesses or appointments) may lose their credits.

Furthermore, students who do not regularly attend school will be withdrawn from the program at MHEC. Students are responsible for ensuring that they catch up on any work missed due to their
absence from school. Parents are reminded that pulling students out of school during the day is not a practice we encourage. Unexcused absences will be dealt with in the following steps:

Step 1

First five absences will be dealt with by the teacher through counselling and phone calls to house counselors and parents.

Step 2

After five absences school counselor, school administration will meet with the student and make attendance expectations clear, conference with the parents and/or community counselor and advise boarding home parents.

Step 3

After 10 absences Step 2 will be repeated; in addition, school administration will place the student on an attendance contract.

Step 4

After 15 absences the student will normally be removed from the course and possibly withdrawn from the program.