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Last updated on Wednesday, July 08, 2015.

What is “Safe Arrival Check”?

Safe Arrival Check is a system of procedures for daily attendance taking, so that parents and schools can account for any student’s unexplained failure to arrive at school. Parents are to inform the school if a pupil is late or absent. If the school is not notified that a student is late or absent, the school will attempt to contact the student’s emergency contact. This system allows schools to take reasonable efforts to contact parents, guardians, or caregivers. Full details can be found in our policy at Safe Arrival Check.

Parent/Guardian/Caregiver responsibilities:

  • Parents are responsible for their children’s safe arrival at school
  • Timely communication regarding planned student absences, including length of absence, if known.
  • Timely communication if a child will be arriving late.
  • Providing the school with complete and up-to-date emergency information to enable the school to make any necessary arrival check follow-up contacts.
  • Providing the school with an alternate way to make contact if a telephone number is not available.

Principals are responsible for:

  • Ensuring that attendance of students is recorded every day.
  • Developing, implementing, and communicating the school arrival check program.
  • Leading the review of the arrival check program each year.

Information for parents and students:

  • The school arrival check program should state what steps will be reasonably made to make contact with a parent/guardian/caregiver, if the school has not been notified that the student will be absent or late.
  • Where parents do not provide up-to-date contact information for the purpose of checking attendance, absences, and being late, the school is to notify the parents/guardians in writing of the inability of the school to carry out arrival check steps for their children.
  • Police will be contacted when the school and the home cannot reasonably account for the failure of a child to arrive at school and the child’s safety may be at risk (excludes known extended absences).
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