When families take their children out of school for extended absences (more than 5 days), there are legal procedures which must be followed, according to the Education Act of Ontario. Parents need to notify the principal of the school in writing and the school is to provide work for the student to complete while absent. Please click on the title for more information,
The parent or guardian of the pupil must submit a letter to the principal, requesting that the pupil be excused for a specified period of time (e.g. a vacation or family obligation). The reason for the absence as well as the time frame must be explicitly stated in the letter. The time frame cannot be indefinite or "until further notice". The letter requesting that the pupil be excused must be provided to the school at least 5 school days in advance of the absence. When the school is notified at least 5 days in advance, the school will provide work for the student to complete while they are away.
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