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Safe Arrival


Reporting Student Absences

Student safety is of paramount importance at the Vancouver School District. Ensuring student safety is a shared responsibility. In order to assist schools, we ask parents to notify schools of student absences.  If your child will be absent from school, please phone the school to report this absence as early as possible.  Parents should leave a message on a dedicated answering service by calling 604-713-5159 extension 16. Messages will be received before the office is open.  School offices are busy places: consistently notifying the school in advance of your child’s absence will significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Safe Arrival Morning Routine.

To Report Your Child's Absence – Please Call 604-713-5159 extension 16 as soon as you know your child will be absent.

Student Sign In and Sign Out Procedures

If a student arrives in their classroom after their teacher has taken attendance, both in the morning or after lunch, the student must sign in at the office and take a "Late Slip" to indicate to the teacher that the child signed in at the Office.

When you pick up your child during the school day, please ensure that you sign them out at the office.  If you do not sign out your child, they will be unaccounted for, and the school will identify your child as a 'missing' student and will commence a search of school grounds.  If the school staff do not locate the child, and are unable to reach a parent promptly, the school will call the Vancouver Police Department.  Therefore, clear communication is essential for ensuring the safety of your child and to prevent unnecessary searches.

Thank you for helping us keep your children safe!

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