Attendance rules

Attendance rules for the IB programme at Hamrahlíð College (MH) 


Students should show up to class and exams on time. Should they for whatever reasons not be able to attend a lesson, they should notify their teachers and explain their absence.

Rules for minimum attendance in each course

  • If the student's actual attendance rate is less than 60% at the end of the first five weeks of the semester, the student is considered to have failed the course and will be withdrawn from the course in question.
  • If the student's actual attendance rate is less than 70% at the end of the first ten weeks of the semester, the student is considered to have failed the course and will be withdrawn from the course in question.

Illness and leaves

Illness should be recorded on the same day in INNA, but not retroactively. A student that does not show up to class due to illness will be marked absent from class (F). If a student is sick for two or more consecutive days, he/she/they will be registered absent for the first day, but all the absence points thereafter will be deducted (V) when attendance grade is calculated.

  • Students from 18 years old can record illness in INNA. If the illness lasts more than a week, a doctor’s note is required.
  • Parents/guardians for students under the age of 18 record illness in INNA and need to submit a doctor’s note if the illness lasts more than a week.

Instructions: How to register illness on INNA.

  • Doctors’ notes need to be submitted to the school office within five days after students return to school.
  • It is not possible to record illness for individual class, only the entire day.
  • Students should inform their teachers about illness or other absences when they join classes again.
  • Temporary doctor ‘s note exclusively for physical education, e.g. due to injury, should be submitted to the student ‘s PE teacher.
  • If total absence due to illness covers more than 15 schooldays, the student needs to contact study counselor and discuss the matter.
  • Students dealing with long term illnesses should be in contact with a study counsellor who can assist them with dealing with the demands of the course and to act as their advocate in relations with the faculty.
  • Under special circumstances students can apply for a leave from school with few days’ notice. Written requests for leaves can be made to the Director of studies, afangastjori(at)

 Attendance grade

Students receive an attendance grade for each semester they attend the school. For each late arrival students get 1/3 of an absence point. For each class they miss they get one full absence point.

The attendance grade determined thus, after taking into account absences due to illness and leaves: 















< 80%


Under normal circumstances students with an attendance grade of 3 are considered to have failed the whole semester and are barred from taking final exams.

Special rules

Individual departments, subjects and courses can stipulate further demands about students’ attendance. Such rules are introduced in course syllabi.

 IB department attendance rules:

  • The minimum acceptable attendance ratio for students in the IB programme is 85% each semester, both overall and in each individual course
  • a ratio of 80-84% is a danger zone that will require explanation and interview with the DP coordinator.
  • an attendance ratio of < 80% will, other things being equal, mean a fail grade (less than 5 out of 10) for the course in question and may prevent the student from continuing in the IB programme.

The general attendance rules for the national curriculum in MH are available here.

Page last updated: 11.08.2022