Attendance

Did you know that you can record your kids' absences from the ease and comfort of your smart phone? 

** If a student is unable to attend school, a parent should phone before first period. **

The Halton District School Board is committed to providing timely, effective communication to parents/guardians and students.  In September 2018, the HDSB will transition to a new Student Absence Reporting System called SchoolMessenger.

This is the system used for:
Reporting student absences
Receiving all messages and phone calls from your child's school and the HDSB

All families must register for SchoolMessenger to report student absences online and set communication preferences for receiving messages from your child's school and the HDSB.

Options for Reporting Student Absence
HDSB Mobile App (available for download from the App Store and Google Play)
Website:  go.schoolmessenger.ca
Phone: 1-877-409-6310 (toll-free)

The SchoolMessenger system is accessible 24 hours, seven days a week to report future absences and late arrivals. 

Set Your Communication Preferences
Choose how you want to receive messages from your child's school and the HDSB
Email
HDSB Mobile App
Text Message
Phone

Receiving Messages from Your Child's School and the HDSB
The Halton District School Board relies on SchoolMessenger to communicate with parents/guardians.  This system enables schools to send messages by email, mobile app notification, text message, or by phone call. 

Online Student Information System
This website has been designed to allow parents of students under the age of 18, the opportunity to access daily attendance data and credit accumulation information for their son/daughter without first having to contact their high school. Data for students who are 18 years or older is not available through this website because of legal restrictions. To discuss the information presented here or if you believe there is an error in this data, please call your student's school.   Link: Online Student Information System - in order to access the information, the student number and date of birth are needed.

Illness/Family Emergency
Students should find a “buddy” in each class who will pass on the class notes, identify pages covered etc. during the lesson missed. Your child and his/her buddy should exchange phone numbers early each semester.
If it becomes apparent that the student will be absent for more than 3 days, please contact the office at 905-632-5151 to request that teachers put together homework assignments for the student to pick up. Please allow 24 hours for this process.

Leave of Absence
If you are planning to take your son or daughter out of school for a period of 3 days or more (eg. family vacation, special event), the student will need to complete a Leave of Absence form which will include your signature and teacher comments about missed work. You should also notify a vice principal.

Absence due to field trip or extra-curricular event
It is the responsibility of the student to notify teachers in advance of missing a class for extra or co-curricular activities. Students are expected to catch up on work/assignments missed.

Signing Out
If students arrive late to school or leave the school part way through the day, they are expected to sign in and/or out through the office. A note from the parent or a phone call is required.

Access to Student Records
The school often receives requests from non-custodial parents for information with regards to their child. Be advised that unless the school is provided with documentation restricting the non-custodial parent’s right to access the child or school information, we interpret that there are no restrictions and will provide access as requested. If you have any questions, please contact a school administrator.