Extended Vacation Policy
The school year has been organized so as to provide for natural breaks and holidays for students. The demands of the mandated curriculum are such that if a child is absent for a significant period of instructional time, his/her achievement could be negatively impacted.
While travel for extended periods, at times other than scheduled break, provides wonderful opportunities for learning, it is important to consider the potential educational ramifications of that decision. The purpose of this policy is to provide parents with information regarding what the teacher is able to do to support the child's learning and what will be the responsibilities of the parent during this absence.
Prior to making the decision to take your child/children out of school to go on an extended vacation, please talk to your child's teacher and consider the following factors:
- Your child's overall achievement and progress to date and the possible affect this absence may have on his/her learning.
- Although it is not the teacher's responsibility to provide programming during this absence, with sufficient notice (at least 2 weeks), teachers may be able to provide you with a folder of work that could include:
- Textbook assignments, worksheets, journal assignments, assigned reading
-Access to SchoolZone to monitor day to day class assignments, spelling works, project assignments, study guides, assessment rubrics and so on.
Please keep in mind that teachers are not able to:
- Provide a copy of a textbook that is shared between classes or students
- Replicate teacher led lessons or hands on experiences
- Provide you with copies of evaluations, tests, quizzes
Prior to asking for homework, please consider whether it will be realistic for your child to do this work while away. The preparation of materials can take a substantial amount of teacher time. During the absence, if you are choosing to school your child, it then becomes your responsibility to monitor and supervise the learning and to mark assignments. Upon your child's return to school it is his/her reponsibility to "catch up" on any other work he/she has missed. This will likely require additional time and support from home. Teachers typically keep a file of missed assignments to be accessed upon return.
If a child is withdrawn from school and is not worked with during the absence, the child will miss the learning that continues in their absence and this may have an overall impact on their achievement. Depending upon the timing and length of the absence, there may be insufficient information collected to enable the teacher to provide a valid evaluation of the child's progress and achievement during that term. This may be indicated on the report card as "insufficient information available to provide a mark."
It is the hope of Glenora staff that this provides information that supports parents in deciding what is in the best interest of students when making extended vacations plans.