Duncan MacMillan High

Attendance and Engagement Policy

Attendance and Engagement Policy - Senior High Students

 

As is the case with any new policy, there have been questions arising about the Attendance and Engagement Policy.  The following are answers to some of the questions that have been posed at DMHS:

 

  • To earn high school credits in Nova Scotia, students must achieve a passing grade and attend more than 80% of the course hours.
  • The policy is built upon thresholds, or numbers of classes that students are able to miss before the school takes a step to support the student in attending class. 
  • The charts below lay out the percentage of time missed and the number of classes this equals, along with the supporting intervention that will take place at the school. 
  • Other than Academic Math 10 and Extended Math 11, all other courses in second semester follow the first chart.

 

Semester Course- 110 Hours

 

Percentage Missed

Classes Missed

Intervention

5%

6

Subject teacher calls parent/guardian.

10%

11

Principal or Vice-Principal meets with student.

15%

17

Principal or Vice-Principal meets with student.

20%

22

Principal decides whether credit is lost.

 

Full-Year Course- 220 Hours (Math 10 and Extended Math 11)

 

Percentage Missed

Classes Missed

Intervention

5%

12

Subject teacher calls parent/guardian.

10%

22

Principal or Vice-Principal meets with student.

15%

33

Principal or Vice-Principal meets with student.

20%

44

Principal decides whether credit is lost.

 

Parents and guardians are informed about the meetings and are invited to attend either in person or on the telephone.  Letters are send home after a student has missed 10%, 15% and 20% of classes to inform parents and guardians about the situation and supports being put into place for the student.