Rules for leave of absence from school for students outside of school holidays and official days off in the school schedule:

Student attendance is compulsory under the Norwegian Education Act.

Absences for illness are excusable by law. The school requires a note from the parent detailing the reason for absence. An absence caused by illness that is longer than 3 days requires a note from the student’s physician.

Approval for absences other than for illness and permissible under the Norwegian Education Act must be requested from the school and approved by the Principal.

Important Note:

The school cannot approve leave longer than two weeks in duration. Where a leave of absence exceeds 2 weeks, the student will lose his/her place in school and will be dis-enrolled. In this situation, the parents are responsible to ensure that the child receive an appropriate education. The Municipality will be notified. Trondheim International School cannot hold the student’s place and an application for returning to school will be processed according our Admission Policy.

Decision making

The decision-making authority in cases concerning leaves of absence is the principal. The Education Act does not specify the qualifying criteria for assessing applications for leave of absence. Nor does it govern a number of leaves a pupil may be granted during the school year. The condition laid down by the Education Act is that a leave of absence may be granted “when it is deemed appropriate”.  Each application will be evaluated according to the best judgement of the school administration and parents will be promptly notified of the decision of the school.

The Principal will consult with the teacher(s) to decide if the leave is appropriate for the student. This decision is based upon, but not limited to:

–       The amount of absence prior to the leave

–       The student’s educational situation

–       The student’s/family’s personal situation

–       The timing of the leave in relation to the delivery of the educational program

Parents have the right to appeal the decision of the school Principal to the Governor of the county (Fylkesmannen I Sor-Trondelag).

Duration of the leave

The Education Act § 2-11 states that a leave of absence can be granted for up to two weeks (ten school days.) This law cannot be deviated from. The principal must reject all applications for a leave of absence for more than two weeks. The principal may grant a leave of absence for two weeks of the period of time applied for and reject the remaining time. In such cases the parents/guardians must then confirm whether or not they want to sustain their application for leave and which two-week period of the time applied for they would prefer. The principal may also grant leave in connection to a school holiday given that the student’s absence does not exceed ten school days.

Independent Study Agreement

Parents requesting a leave of absence from school other than for documented illness in excess of 3 days are required to submit a request for leave in writing to the school Principal. If upon review, the request is approved, the parents are required to complete an Independent Study Agreement (ISA). The request for the ISA must be submitted a minimum of 1 full week in advance in order to be approved. The ISA will be developed by the class teacher(s) and provided to the parents prior to the date of leave. The student and parent(s) are required to agree and sign the ISA and commit to its completion. The ISA is a study agreement in lieu of the missed class study in the Programme of Inquiry. It must be completed and returned on the first day of the students return to class. Please see AR 6158 (Independent Study Agreement).

Invalid absence

If the parents /guardians take a leave that has not been applied for or approved by the principal, the student’s absence will be regarded as invalid. The same rules apply if the leave exceeds the period of leave granted by the principal. The student will lose his/ her place in school and must on return reapply according the school’s admission policy. The student will be put on the waiting list and will be given the same rights as other applicants. The student may regain his/ her place in school if we have a vacancy in the class, but we cannot give any guarantees.

See the relevant laws below;

 §2-11 of The Education Act (Opplæringsloven) states:

Leave of absence from compulsory education”

When defensible, the municipality (the Principal) may upon receipt of an application grant individual pupils leave of absence for up to two weeks.

Pupils who belong to a religious community outside the Church of Norway have, upon application, the right to be absent from school on those days their religious community celebrates as holy. This right is conditional upon the parents ensuring necessary tuition during the period of leave, so that the pupil is able to keep pace with the ordinary teaching when the period of leave is at an end.

§ 3-13 of The Independent School Act (Friskoleloven) states:

“When appropriate, the school can grant the student a leave of absence for up to two weeks. Decisions are made based on “Forvaltningsloven” and are given as Single Rights Decisions (enkeltvedtak) according § 2. Complaints must be forwarded to the Department of Education.”

§ 2-1 of the Education Act (Opplæringsloven): Rights and obligations for primary school education states in the fifth paragraphs:

“If a pupil is absent without permission from compulsory tuition, his or her parents or those who have the care responsibility for the child may be liable to fines if the absence is a result of deliberate or negligent actions by them. Public prosecution is not instituted unless so decided by the municipality.”