Expat guide on life at school in Amsterdam
Students may be excused from school for one or more of the following reasons and will be provided an opportunity to make-up missed school work and/or tests:
- Recovery from accident
- Required court attendance
- Professional appointments
- Death in immediate family
- Celebration of a bona fide religious holiday
Students with a health condition that causes repeated absence are to provide the school office with an explanation of the condition from a registered physician.
Parents must provide an explanation for their child’s absence within 24 hours. They are to call the school office and explain the reason for the absence. If the absence can be foreseen, the “good cause” must be approved by the principal, the parent should arrange to discuss the matter as many days as possible before the absence will occur so that arrangements can be made to assist the student in making up the missed school work.
Books and Supplies
Holland Public Schools provides textbooks to students to be used throughout the school year. Textbooks are on loan to the students free of charge. Students are expected to return textbooks at the end of the year in good condition. There is a textbook replacement fee for all damaged and lost books. A fee will also be charged for any lost or damaged classroom or library book.
Dress and Appearance
Experience indicates that there is a real and reasonable connection between proper dress and grooming and quality student discipline. Therefore, most schools request that students not wear clothing, or lack of clothing, that disrupts the educational environment of the classroom. Students must not wear clothing displaying inappropriate language or pictures. Shirts/blouses must cover the mid-torso, and shorts must reach to mid-thigh. Shoes are required at all times. Head coverings are not to be worn in the school.
The school provides children a place to eat lunch and breakfast.
Parent-Teacher Conferences/Report Cards
Parents and teachers are encouraged to communicate with each other during the year. Addressing any problems, concerns or questions about your child’s education will assist in increased learning and collaboration.
After school, students must ride their assigned bus, walk, or ride with a parent/guardian (or appropriate designee).