Dr. Frank J. Hayden Secondary School Planned Extended Absence Form
Please click here to download a copy of the Extended Absence Form or come to the main office to pick up a paper copy.
The School Year Calendar, which included mark reporting dates, final evaluations, school holidays and other key dates, is distributed at the beginning of every school year. Students are expected to be in attendance on school days, unless unable to attend by reason of illness, medical appointment, bereavement or other parent approved circumstances.
To maximize student achievement, the loss of learning time during the academic year as a result of vacations or other discretionary reasons should be avoided. With this in mind, parents and students should carefully note the following when considering planned, discretionary absences:
Parents/guardians/students should discuss the planned absence with the appropriate administrator and teachers.
Students are responsible for any work missed during the planned absence.
Where possible, students should submit work they will miss prior to the planned absence. Access to the internet (i.e. Bright Space) may make it possible to stay on top of course work and evaluations.
Students are expected to write their final examinations during the scheduled Final Evaluations blocks.
Achievement data reveals that students who do not complete and submit ALL their work for feedback (assessment) and grading (evaluation) are likely to have lower final grades, and in some cases put their credit in jeopardy.
Some courses may have unique requirements (e.g. courses with labs, technological subjects, course with a significant performance component such as Physical Education or Drama). Accordingly, it may be difficult to make up all work missed.