- Leaving & Returning to Campus
The weekend begins following a student’s final academic, athletic, or extra-curricular commitment on Saturday. At that time, a student may sign out for the weekend and remain away from campus until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. With three Long Weekends and three long school breaks each year, we believe students are provided ample time to rest, relax, spend time with friends and family away from campus, and we do not sanction missing additional days of school. We do, however, understand that weddings, family reunions, baptisms, etc., often occur on Saturdays and at times incompatible with the St. Andrew’s schedule; if a student must miss school for these kinds of extraordinary family commitments, please email or call Dean of Students Will Robinson to discuss well in advance of the event.
Members of the III, IV, and V Forms are entitled to four weekend leaves per semester. Members of the VI Form are entitled to weekends as necessary. No student may sign out for a weekend if he/she is assigned to detention.
Weekend Leave Procedure
Whenever a student will be absent from campus overnight (whether on the weekend or a weekday), he/she must fill out the Weekend/Weekday Survey on REACH.
If the student is missing any classes or commitments, sports, etc., a Missing Class Form is also needed. This form can be obtained from the Dean’s Office. If the absence is due to a college visit, the form must be obtained from the Director of College Counseling.
Anytime a weekend leave or overnight absence will cause a student to miss a class, rehearsal, or practice, the teacher/director/coach must initial the form to indicate approval.
Completed Surveys and Missed Class Forms must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon in the case of a regular weekend.
Students who submit information after the deadline may receive 3 marks per day of lateness.
The penalty for leaving campus without submitting the required information is a core infraction. Students who leave campus without permission face the Discipline Committee
Please Note: Sometimes the need to take a weekend arises suddenly, urgently and unexpectedly. In such cases the penalty for lateness usually is waived.
However, any weekend requests arising after Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. must be directed to the head of the Weekend Duty Group for that weekend. By so doing, you are assured that the information will be forwarded to the faculty on duty for that weekend.
If you have any questions about these procedures, please direct them to Dean of Students Will Robinson.
Each year, the School has three long weekends that begin after a student’s last commitment on either Friday or Saturday and ends at 6:00 p.m. on either Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday evening. We encourage students to take advantage of the opportunity to leave campus and rest with friends and family and to consider hosting students who may be unable to go home. Please consult the academic calendar for the exact date and times of Long Weekends; there are no early departures, late returns, or leaving and returning within the weekend.
Occasionally, students who live a distance from home and cannot take many weekends away from campus may take a weekend at the home of a faculty member. Those students who take such weekends must understand that any time they rejoin the School through formal invitation of the School (practice, rehearsal) or without the knowledge and permission of the School, they fall under the jurisdiction of major School rules.
The first weekend of the school year and Commencement Weekend are closed weekends. Students must have specific permission in advance to be absent on those weekends.
Note: Students on weekends must understand that if they either return to School or meet with other St. Andrew’s students not on weekend leaves, they must obey the rules and regulations of the School. For example, a student on a weekend violates the alcohol rule if he/she meets with students not on a weekend and drinks alcohol with them, on or off campus. The School will not knowingly give permission for large numbers of our students bound for the same destination to take a weekend unless we have assurances from the parents of such students that responsible adult chaperones will be present.
St. Andrew's rules go into effect immediately upon a student's return to campus following a weekend or vacation, and students are expected to be free from the influence of any intoxicant or drug the moment they arrive on campus.
- school breaks