Attendance Policy

With effect from the 1st of December 2014, attendance at CDNIS will constitute agreement with the requirements of this attendance policy as laid out below.

Aims And Objectives

The aim of the IB programme at CDNIS is to help students develop the academic foundations, personal values, critical perspectives and social skills that they will require in order to succeed in their further studies and, ultimately, take their place in the world as responsible global citizens and leaders. The aim of this policy is to help students achieve these goals by enabling them to take full advantage of the excellent teaching and learning experiences provided by teachers at CDNIS.

The courses offered at CDNIS are demanding, comprehensive and rigorous and in order to be able to succeed, students need to be motivated, adaptable, resourceful and organised. The suitability of each student and the benefits which they derive from the programme will be continuously monitored throughout their time at CDNIS but, as a minimum, all CDNIS students are expected to:

  1. attend school each school day – in accordance with this aim students and families should not plan to take holidays during term time, although exceptions may be made under special circumstances in discussion with the Vice-Principal of Academics and the relevant Programme Coordinator;
  2. attend all scheduled lessons, seminars and activities punctually;
  3. attend activities such as CAS Week trips and the IB Retreat;
  4. complete all homework, internal assessments and other assignments on time, even if absent on the day of the deadline;
  5. contact teachers in advance of planned absences to find out how to keep up with work that will be missed;
  6. contact teachers as soon as possible after returning from an unplanned absence to find out how to make up for the missed time;
  7. diligently work to the best of their ability to follow the codes of conduct of the school.

Attendance ‘Cause for Concern’ Procedure

Stage 1:

Student attendance will be monitored by the Vice-Principal of Academics throughout the course of each academic year and students will be invited to an initial meeting with their Guidance Counsellor when they have accrued 5 absences for the same subject (including HL seminars) within one academic year. In the course of this discussion the Counsellor will establish whether these absences have been for legitimate reasons, the Counsellor will seek to offer support where possible and will remind the student of the requirements of the attendance policy and of the importance of attending school regularly.

Legitimate reasons for absence may include such things as participation in authorised school activities; representing your country at a sporting event of international significance; struggling with personal, social and emotional issues; significant events in the life of the family such as a bereavement or a health concern … etc

At this point the Counsellor will inform the parents by email that the initial meeting has taken place and of any follow up steps deemed necessary. At the same time the parents will be reminded of the importance of regular attendance and the requirements of this policy.

Stage 2:

Student attendance will continue to be monitored following the initial meeting and should the student reach the stage where they have accrued a total of 10 absences for the same subject within one academic year, a further meeting will be arranged between the student, their parents, the Guidance Counsellor, the Vice Principal of Academics and the relevant Programme Coordinator.

This meeting will once again seek to assess the legitimacy of these absences, offer support where necessary and reinforce the importance of meeting the attendance requirements suggested by both the IB and OSSD curricula. In particular both the parents and students should be made aware that continuing to miss school will put the student at a considerable disadvantage in their final IB exams in comparison to their peers who have received the full teaching time.

At this stage the Vice-Principal of Academics, in conjunction with the student’s Guidance Counsellor and the relevant Programme Coordinator, may decide to put the student on an attendance contract that will outline attendance targets for that student for the rest of the academic year.

Stage 3:

Student attendance will continue to be monitored and should the student reach the stage where they have missed a total of 15 classes of the same subject within one academic year, a final meeting will be arranged between the student, their parents, the Guidance Counsellor, the Principal, Vice-Principal of Academics and the relevant Programme Coordinator.

This meeting will lay out with the student and parents a clear series of steps and consequences that will result from further non-attendance. The most appropriate consequences will be decided on a case by case basis but may include steps such as:

  • limiting opportunities to attend future school trips or participate in other extra-curricular activities,
  • consideration of whether or not CDNIS and the Diploma / Middle Years Programmes are the best fit for the student in question,
  • recommending that the student be withdrawn from the Diploma / Middle Years Programme and / or the school. 

Review Process:

This policy is to be reviewed by the MYP and DP Coordinators and the Vice-Principal of Academics at the end of each school year and revised as necessary. Revisions are to be presented to the Leadership Committee for approval.