Please call (604) 903-3600 ext 2 to report your child's absence. This is a 24 hour recorded message so absences may be called in prior to an absence or afterwards to explain an absence. This line is monitored frequently during the day, however we must receive absences calls for the current day prior to us running our Absence Report at 3pm. If you call after 3pm the absence will be recorded however you may still receive a call that evening. Please ignore this message.
Please note Absences will NOT be accepted via email.
When reporting your child's absence to the Main Office, please provide the following information:
-Last name of the student (please spell clearly)
-First name of the student
-Date of absence
-The time the student will be absent and the time they will be returning or "all day".
-Reason: Excused, Appointment, Illness
NOTE: We do not record "may be in later" "will be in if he/she feels better". Students should report to the main office when they arrive so we are aware of their time of arrival.
What to do if you receive a phone call: The automated call system refers to "PERIOD 0" . Unfortunately the new MY ED system is still unable to identify which block has been marked Absent, so you need to call the main office the following day to ask which block your child was marked Absent in. If your child says they were in class, they must speak with the teacher who marked them away. Only that teacher can verify and change the attendance.
In general, parents and students are reminded of the following:
- Parents and or guardians are expected to contact the school by telephone when their son/daughter will be absent. Emails are NOT accepted.
- Students who are absent from class or school without a valid reason will be considered truant and subject to school discipline which may involve detentions, suspensions and/or, in chronic cases referral to the District Counsellor.
- Teachers have the responsibility to report poor attendance and punctuality to parents, either by telephone and/or letter. The Administration, in the absence of exceptional circumstances, will suspend or withdraw a student who refuses to comply
- Parents electing to take students out of school for extended periods for reasons other than illness, such as vacations, do so at the risk of affecting the student's achievement. Teachers are not required to provide tutoring services, materials, or tests for such absences.
Students will be marked absent by teachers even if they are aware the student has an excused absence. If the student is away for a school activity, the Handsworth sponsor teacher should inform the main office of the absence. For a non-school activity, parents/guardians must contact the main office. School Connects will call and email parents/guardians to inform them of any unexcused absences. Please ensure that you have an updated email address and home phone number and notify the Handsworth office of any changes.
When students must miss a class during the day for such things as a doctor appointment, ortho appointment etc. parents/guardians must inform the Main Office by a phone call or written note. Only parents or legal guardians can call to excuse a student. We do not accept attendance calls from students. Please ensure that you speak clearly, spell the last name of the student, first name, grade and the specific times they will be leaving and returning to school. Please ensure that notes are shown to the teacher then brought to the main office. The early dismissal or absence will then be noted in MYED. When a student arrives back at school they should go directly to class unless they are later than originally reported. For students who have an early dismissal for a school-based activity, their name should be submitted by their teacher sponsor to the Main Office, and these early dismissals will appear in MYED and there is no need for a parent to also call.
Student Drop Off and Pick Up
Handsworth Secondary strongly encourages students to walk to school. If you must drop-off your child, please do so before 8:15 am. Handsworth and Edgewood Roads experience considerable congestion during drop off and pick up, which has led to safety issues in the front and the back of the school.
In addition, dropping off your child just before 8:30 causes your child to be late for class which disrupts teachers' lessons and interferes with other students’ education. School starts at 8:30 a.m. and we expect that all students will be sitting in class before the 8:30 bell sounds.
To those parents who are dropping off or picking up students in the back of the building off Handsworth: please do not drive into the parking lot as it again creates a safety issue. If dropping your child off at Edgewood Road, please do not stop nor park in the “No Stopping” zone at the cul-de-sac. When parents park or stop at the end of the cul-de-sac it forces cars to back up so they can drive around parked cars. This then becomes a student safety issue.
NOTE: When a student registers at Handsworth they are in fact making a commitment to abide by the rules and expectations of the school.