Students are expected to attend classes every day, in every subject, on time.

Morning Routine
 
8:35 a.m. 
Classrooms are open and teachers are present to welcome students.
 
8:40 a.m
10-minute warning bell followed by NSS Air music selections. All students proceed directly to their first period classrooms at this time.
 
8:45 a.m.
5-minute warning bell. Students should be in their first period classroom.
 
8:50 a.m.
School day begins. Students who are not in class when the bell rings at 8:50 a.m. are marked late. Students who arrive after 8:50 a.m. will be counselled by their period one teacher. If a pattern of lateness develops, students will be referred to their Vice-Principal.
 
Punctuality
Punctuality is an important life-long habit. Persistent lateness will be addressed through an ascending scale of consequences. This may include telephone calls home, an e-mail from a VP, a VP interview, and/or detentions (served before or after school, or at lunchtime). Missed detentions and persistent lateness will result in a meeting with parents or guardians.
Note:
• Persistent lateness and absence may seriously jeopardize a student’s extra-curricular involvement – see Extra-Curricular Participation Code of Conduct (page 23 in the student agenda).
• Students who wish to select a “spare” in grade 11 and 12 must present evidence of good attendance and punctuality in order to be considered.
 
Absences and Notes
 
If a student is absent from school, the parent or guardian must call the VP office before 8:50 a.m. with the student name and reason for the absence. After an absence, students must bring a note of explanation signed and dated by their parent or guardian to the VP office for entry on the computer; the student will then present the note to his/her teachers. Students who are 18 years of age or older may write their own notes. Alternatively, parents have the option of reporting a student absence via e-mail at northern@tdsb.on.ca.
 
*Note: An absence which is not documented by a phone call, note or e-mail is viewed as an unacceptable absence. Please see Page 16 for absences during examinations and final evaluations in the student agenda.
 
Signing In/Signing Out
Note: Appointments should be made after school hours whenever possible. Students who wish to be excused during the day must observe the following procedures:
• Students must present a note from their parent/guardian to the Vice-Principal Office prior to leaving.
• Students who wish to go home during the school day because of illness must sign out in the VP’s office. Students may not leave until a parent or guardian has been contacted.
• If a student goes home for lunch and is unable to return, parents/guardians must contact the school by phone or e-mail.
• Students returning from an appointment must sign in at the VP office.