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:
- Sibling (brother or sister)
- 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.