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School Attendance

School attendance is critical to your student's success. Here are some facts compiled by our school's attendance counsellor to share with our school community. There are two posters below the list of facts that provide even further information.

  • Every school day counts!
  • Attend today=achieve tomorrow
  • Missing just 2 days a month=missing 10% of the school year (as known as “Persistent Absenteeism” for both excused and unexcused absences)
  • Missing just 10% of the school year has a negative impact on academic performance
  • Persistent absenteeism is the single most important indicator of early school dropout
  • By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores
  • Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from post secondary school and keep a job
  • Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year
  • When students improve their attendance, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating
  • We need a team based collaborative approach to address school attendance issues
  • Every day a student is absent is a lost opportunity for learning. Too many absences affect not only student achievement but the learning of the entire class and everyone in the school building
  • Persistent absenteeism is a global issue and not unique to Ontario or AMDSB. Persistent absenteeism can be an early warning sign of academic difficulty.
  • Legally children are required to attend school at age 6, until their 18th birthday, or June 30th in the year they turn 18
  • Students with persistent absenteeism have a 22 percentage point achievement difference in their grade 6 EQAO test scores

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School Messenger

Our school has begun using a service called School Messenger. This service allows us to send out important information regarding the SHDHS community either by phone, email, or text message. It is important that these three contact methods are updated and are correct in our database so that information can be sent to you. Please contact the school if you know that your contact information is not up to date.

Also, if you did not opt into the text messaging service from School Messenger when you received the original welcome text message, then you will not receive any text messages from the school with regards to important school based information. 

Fianlly, we sent out an email with information about an upcoming survey happening in our school. If you did not receive that email, please check your spam folder to see if it went in there. We sent out an SMS at the same time. If you did not receive that text message, then either our phone records are not accurate or you blocked the service after the initial welcome message from School Messenger.

Please contact the school if you have any questions about School Messenger.


On November 8 secondary students at SHDHS will be participating in a survey. The survey was created by researchers from the University of Waterloo. Consent will be assumed unless you notify us otherwise. The parent/guardian information letter can be found below with more information on the survey, as well as some contact information if you do not wish for your child to participate.

COMPASS Survey Parent Letter