Application for Student Leave
Kongsberg International School can grant up to a maximum of 2 weeks’ leave (for reasons other than medical ones) in accordance with the Independent Schools Act §3-13. We encourage parents to keep this type of absence to a minimum and expect parents to arrange family holidays during the school holidays. The granting of leave is a decision that affects a student’s statutory rights (Norwegian: enkeltvedtak). Leave may be refused if the school feels it is not justifiable/reasonable, or not in the best interests of the student. This decision can be appealed to the county governor “Fylkesmannen i Buskerud” (see the Independent Schools Act §3-13 & the Public Administration Act). Please note that a student risks losing their place at the school if they are absent without permission or if they are absent after a request for leave is rejected. We recommend that no bookings are made before leave is granted.
For planned absences, requests must be made in writing well in advance of the requested absence. For absences of up to two days, applications must be sent to the class/contact teacher. For requests of more than two days up to a maximum of two weeks, requests must be sent to the Head of Primary or Head of Middle School. We request that applications to the Head of Primary or Middle School are made via the school’s website. For planned absences, Middle School students are expected to contact their teachers to discuss work they can do during, before or after their absence or how to catch up important work missed. Parents of Primary School students are also asked to similarly check with the class teacher.
If you are unable or do not wish to submit the form electronically, please contact the school office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or appropriate Head of School directly.
Please note that primary and middle school education is considered compulsory in Norway. If a student does not attend school without a valid reason, parents or legal guardians can be prosecuted and face being fined.
Students who are members of faiths other than The Church of Norway have the right to apply for leave during the religious holidays of their faith. This right is subject to the parents/guardians making sure that the student makes up for any teaching missed during the leave, so that he or she will be able to follow the general teaching again after returning from the leave, as per the Independent Schools Act § 3-13.
According to the regulations in the Independent Schools Act § 3-40, students from MYPB (8th Grade) and up can request that up to 10 days of granted leave (according to the Independent Schools Act § 3-13) should not be registered on the school leaving diploma. Only whole days can be left out of the register, not single lessons. The student can also request that the school adds reason for absence to school leaving diploma.