Weather Advisory

The Faculty of Education follows the UBC directive for all weather advisories.

All teacher candidates should check for announcements on the UBC homepage at, UBC Bulletins, or Twitter @ubcnews. You can also sign up for UBC Alert on the Student Service Centre. If the University is open, classes are in session, unless you hear directly from your instructor.

If you are unable to make it to a class, complete the absence form as you normally would.

If you will be at a school site that day, check the school district website for alerts and possible closures and if necessary, complete an absence form as usual.

If you need to be absent from class or practicum, submit the:

Absence Report Form

Attendance & Participation Policy – excerpt from BEd Program Policies & Guidelines

Absence from Class:

If you must be absent, please submit the Absence Report Form with all required information.

You will receive an email confirmation that your request for absence has been acknowledged.

Please forward this confirmation to pertinent instructors.


  • If you are ill for two or more consecutive days, please be prepared to provide a doctor’s note.
  • If you are requesting approval for an absence for non-medical reasons, you may be required to provide documentation to support your absence (depending on the type of absence).
  • For unexcused absences, and in some cases excused absences, you may be required to submit a plan, agreed upon by your instructors, which includes make-up assignments for course times missed.

Absence from Practicum

If you must be absent, please submit the Absence Report Form with all required information.

In the event of illness (or any absence), you must notify your school (front office) and faculty advisor without delay.

Forward your confirmation email to all of your advisors as you would with missed coursework.

You will also need to provide your school advisor(s) with lesson plans and resources for any lessons you are scheduled to teach.

Absence from Community Field Experience (CFE)

In the event of illness, or excused absence, you must notify your community partner and faculty advisor without delay, and complete the Absence Report Form.

Approval will be processed by a program coordinator (Bette Shippam or Dr. Lorrie Miller) in the Teacher Education Office, and copied to the CFE Program Coordinator, Dr. Keith McPherson.

If you are absent because of illness, you will be expected to submit a physician’s medical note to the program coordinator.

As soon as you are able, you are expected to negotiate with your community partner to make up missed time and report how you will be making up your time to your faculty advisor and the CFE coordinator. Those unable to make up this time during the 3 weeks must discuss options with the CFE coordinator. Passing the CFE course is based upon 100% participation.