Extended Absences During the School Year

When a student has a planned extended absence, be it for a vacation or an extra-curricular commitment, it is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements for their studies.  

The student will inform their teachers of any upcoming absence, and agree on reasonable dates to submit work that may be outstanding.  Students will follow up upon their return to ensure that all the necessary assignments have been completed.  Although teachers will be flexible with deadlines and do their best to support student learning, they should not be asked to provide large amounts of work in advance or to reteach full lessons that have been missed.  Students can stay connected through Google Classroom and other online forums that will allow them to minimize the impact on their learning.

Keep in mind that extended or frequent absences may create gaps in learning and impact overall achievement.  

Please note that the Grade 9 Provincial Achievement exams are scheduled by Alberta Education and ESSMY does not control when or how these particular exams are scheduled.  If a student foresees an absence it is imperative that administration be made aware well in advance, as the protocol to postpone or reschedule an exam is lengthy.  

As partners in education, we aim to work together to ensure student success.


Reviewed January 25, 2022