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A school authority may refer a student with a pattern of chronic absenteeism to the Attendance Board if their efforts to improve attendance and re-engage the student in learning have been unsuccessful.
Where chronic absenteeism cannot be resolved locally, school boards may refer the matter to the Attendance Board for support and direction. Private school authorities are required to make a referral. An Attendance Board panel is then convened to hear the matter.
Attendance Board members are appointed by the Minister of Education.
The Board is made up of members of the public and may include:
- general public
- retired educators
- business people
- other professionals
The School Act
The School Act provides direction about school attendance and the Attendance Board.
The School Act requires:
- children and youth between the ages of 6 and 16 to attend school
- school authorities to make reasonable efforts to ensure that a student enrolled in one of their schools attends school
- private school authorities to make a referral to the Attendance Board when a student is not attending
A public school board may make a referral to the Attendance Board when a student is not attending.
The School Act (sections 126, 127, 128, 129 and 130) sets out all matters related to the duties, powers and establishment of an Attendance Board panel.
Attendance Board hearings
Attendance Board hearings include:
- the student
- the students’ parents or guardians
- any other witnesses that the panel feels can contribute relevant information
Once all witnesses contribute to the story about the student’s absenteeism and questions are answered, panel members explore options to assist with getting the student to attend school and re-engage in learning.
The panel may give direction to the student and/or the parent/guardian that it considers appropriate and enforce the ruling by registering it as an order of the Court of Queen’s Bench.