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Each year we are approached by an increasing number of parents who wish to take their child out of school for extended periods, usually for family plans or family business.  We do not have a leave of absence procedure rather it is assumed that parents will make decisions in the best interest of their child.
We are respectful that many families have family members far way and spending time with them is important.  Difficulties arise when parents wish to have reassurance that their child will not be behind in their work when they return.  When your child misses school for extended periods, they will be behind in classroom work.  Missed instructional time cannot be made up because complete lessons cannot be retaught.  Students may have cultural and travel experiences which contribute to their development but the varied daily classroom activities they miss cannot be duplicated through worksheets or workbooks.
Teachers are often not able to provide assignments prior to the absence.  Upon the students return, teachers will do their best to help students get caught up by providing the missed assignments.
Before leaving and upon returning, please contact your child’s teachers to discuss the impact this absence will have on your child’s progress.

 Central Okanagan School District's Financial Hardship Clause

Within School District Policy 425R – Student Fees (see, the Board of Education has indicated “that a student will not be excluded from any educational program due to financial hardship”.  This clause in the Regulations provides for the private and confidential consideration of financial circumstances of individual students and families, while preserving the dignity of families who may be unable to pay.


Please contact the school principal if you are facing a financial hardship that may restrict the ability of your child to access a school program.  



 Central Okanagan School District's Appeals Process

Policy 460 - Appeals Policy states that, "A student or a parent of a student who is entitled to an educational program in School District No. 23 may appeal a decision of an employee of the Board of Education which significantly affects the education, health or safety of the student".   For a complete description of the Appeals Policy along with the recommended steps to follow in attempting to solve a problem, please refer to Policy 460 – Appeals, that can be accessed from the ‘Policies’ link under the Board of Education heading on the School District’s homepage –