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Absenteeism

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Absenteeism


Why you should try to be at course as much as possible

Our governing bodies require you attend a certain number of face-to-face training hours in order to qualify. Therefore, excessive absenteeism is bad.

If you are going to be away or late, please contact us.

In this section, we cover:

General Information about Absenteeism

If you are not coming to class, or if you are running late, please call or text the school as soon as possible.

Reporting your absenteeism allows us to register your absence and alter class accordingly.

You should not report absence through a classmate.

Maximum Hours You Can Miss Per Course

In your entire course, you are allowed to miss:

Programme Maximum Hours
Diploma in Beauty Therapy 40
Certificate in Nail Technology 16
Diploma in Beauty Therapy with Certificate in Nail Technology 56
Diploma in Spa Therapies 40
Any short course 0

Exceeding Absenteeism Allowance

If you miss too much time, we will take disciplinary actions against you. The established policy is:

  • When you reach near your limit, we may issue a letter warning you of this.
  • When you reach your limit, we may issue a letter warning you of this. You will not be allowed to take any more time off unless in extraordinary circumstances.
  • When you have gone over your limit, the Academic Committee will meet to determine actions taken. This may include barring you from sitting all your school examinations.

Not Reporting Absenteeism

If you do not report your absenteeism, we may take disciplinary actions against you.

Not reporting your absenteeism is inconsiderate to both your classmates and us. Imagine not reporting you were going to be away from work, and everyone else had to cover for you.

Not reporting your absenteeism to the school is the same.

If you do not report absenteeism 5 days in a row, you will be reported to StudyLink and the government as delinquent. This may see your student loan, student allowance and other funding revoked temporarily or permanently.

We are required to do this by law. If we do not, we threaten all students’ entitlements to Student Loans, et al.

Absenteeism Due to Medical Reasons

Any absenteeism you claim as medical must be substantiated by a medical certificate.

If you miss a quiz or test due to documented medical illness, you may be eligible to receive an aegrotat grade.

Even if you have medical certificates for your absenteeism, excessive absenteeism may prevent you from sitting your final examinations or gaining your qualification(s).

Medical Certificate

A medical certificate is a note from your doctor, usually typed, stating that he / she had an appointment with you, checked you over, found you had sickness or an illness, and wrote a note to excuse you from work or school. Our policies and those of our international governing bodies require medical certificates for evidence of illness.

Your doctor or medical specialist can give you a medical certificate. It’s best to ask him / her in the appointment if you can get one.

Your medical certificate must contain the words (or equivalent), “was examined by me (the doctor)” and “in my (the doctor’s) opinion, was medically unfit / unwell to attend class / work”. The certificate is your doctor’s declaration that you were medically unfit to attend school.

Your medical certificate must not say that it was your opinion that you were ill or unwell, or that you had felt unwell on a previous date but the doctor did not see you around that time.

You turn in your medical certificate to the Student Liaison Officer within 7 days of returning from illness.

Absenteeism Due to Bereavement

If a loved one dies, it can be traumatic. During the course, if you have a loved one pass away, and you need to go to the funeral or meet other obligations related to the death, please see the Student Liaison Officer or Principal to discuss this with.

Legally, you are allowed to miss up to 3 days for a bereavement when the deceased falls into a close family member category, and up to 1 day for a bereavement when the deceased falls into one of the other categories and is approved by a school director (as defined by the Holidays Act 2003). You will need to supply evidence of bereavement to us upon return.

Bereavement leave is not included as part of your maximum hours you can miss per course.

Relationship to the Deceased

According to the Holidays Act 2003, you can miss up to 3 days for bereavement when the deceased has one of the following relationships to you:

  • Spouse
  • Parent
  • Sibling (brother or sister)
  • Child
  • Grandparent
  • Grandchild
  • Spouse’s parent

You can miss up to 1 day for bereavement when the deceased has one of the following relationships to you:

  • Any other person with the approval of one of the school’s directors

In this latter case, the Act urges us to consider:

  • how close your relationship with the deceased is;
  • if you are responsible for any part of the ceremonies for the deceased; and/or
  • if you have to fulfil any cultural obligations or needs in respect of the deceased.

Evidence of Bereavement

In order to prove bereavement for any audits or evaluations, we ask that you bring in the following combination of things for our records:

  • A letter from you outlining your relationship to the deceased, the day(s) you had off due to bereavement, and a photocopy of the obituary; or
  • A letter from you outlining your relationship to the deceased, the day(s) you had off due to bereavement, and a photocopy of any evidence of attending the wake and/or funeral

These should be turned in to the Student Liaison Officer within 7 days of returning to class.

If you do not do this, your time off will be counted against your normal days off instead of separately.

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