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post #1 of 7 Old 01-07-2013, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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Can they fail me for missing school?

Hi, I'm in grade 8 and I'm going to High School in september 2013. (In Canada). The thing is, I lately have been missing A LOT of school. I missed over a week in the first semester, and started the next one off with a sick day. I remember my teacher from grade 7 telling us that they could hold you back if you missed more than 20 days... which I've missed.
So I'm really scared that I'll be held back because I have to stay home so often (I'm just really sickly). My grades are fabulous, almost all high 80's and 90's. I catch up on the work I've missed, and don't get extensions more than a day if it's homework.
What do you guys think? Even if I have good grades, could they hold me back for missing so many days?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-07-2013, 11:38 AM
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Yes they can, usually they also grade you on in class participation. If you are really worried you can go talk to your office staff or guidence counsellor to see if you are okay or if there is anything that you can do. The best thing to do is talk to someone and explain your situation and ask for advice.
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-07-2013, 11:39 AM
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Yes schools can hold you back for missing too much school. But a lot of that depends on the circumstances.

If youve been truly sick, and have doctors notes, are understanding your schoolwork and keeping your grades up, my school wouldnt have held us back. Not sure what yours will do.

But, if you had dropping grades, didnt understand your work, and were sick, theyd consider it.

And of course if your just plain old skipping, youd be held back for missing so much.
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-07-2013, 11:57 AM
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If you have doctors notes, someone picking up your homework and keeping you up to date then you won't be held back. But if you are not giving consent and just skipping out, yes, you will be and possibly expelled.

I was ill with phenomia in grade 11, I wasn't aloud to go to school what so ever for a month and a half, my mom was getting my homework for me and I was getting her to hand it in, didn't get in trouble at all.

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post #5 of 7 Old 01-07-2013, 12:07 PM
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Yes, they make allowances for being ill. I had Mono as a teen-ager & was out (per DR's orders) for over a semester. I was too sick to keep up, so did fall back a semester, but that's all. Hope you are feeling better soon.
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post #6 of 7 Old 01-08-2013, 07:14 PM
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It's a means to try to control skipping classes or the entire day.
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-08-2013, 07:35 PM
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Have all the absences been for legitimate reasons? That will come into play as well as your general performance as a student. My daughter had serious health issues (including a case of swine flu) during a school year that resulted in "excessive absences". We had fully documented the reasons for each absence with the school (turning in doctor's notes, etc), and her performance was stellar, so it was not an issue. We received the "official warning" letter, but needed only to contact the school and request a review of her specific case and it was given a pass. Had we not had the documentation already in line, we'd have had to write a letter of appeal stating our case for her not to be held back due to the absences, and would have been a bit more behind the 8 ball to prove our case as far as the necessity of the absences.
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