How will this policy make a difference?
Regular student attendance is a team effort.
Paying attention to attendance and responding early can help students and families who may face challenges get the support they need.
Older students, who are expected to have a greater responsibility for their attendance, will also receive the supports they need if they miss too much school, but the potential of losing a credit can motivate some to come to school.
For teachers, some of the responsibility will be shifted to students and families. Students and families will take on more responsibility for notifying the school of absences and catching up on missed work.
People working in health, community services and justice will also have a role to play in supporting students (and their families) when students are absent for reasons not related to school.