New tardy policy brings automated calls

Justin Graham ‘14


As the bell rings, and students drift into class late, teachers are forced to mark them tardy. It doesn’t matter if you’re two seconds late or two minutes late, the teachers will mark it down. Whenever a student receives a tardy or absence, a new automated system will contact the parents of that student.
“My parents have been called at least five times. They don’t really care because they know it’s only a tardy, but I don’t see why the school would need to contact my house if I walk into class 10 seconds after the bell rings,” Chase Walker ’14 said.
When a student receives three tardies, he/she will receive a lunch detention. With six tardies accumulated, the student will get a one-hour detention, and if nine tardies are given, the student gets an in-school suspension.
“In my personal opinion, I can’t stand the tardy policy. I walk into my classes five seconds late and I get a tardy. If the school would allow backpacks in school, I wouldn’t be late as often,” Tyler Creagh ’14 said.
With a new school year comes new policies. If students are tardy for more than 10 minutes, the students are not just considered to have an unexcused absence, the parent of that child can’t call the school to change the absence. This is the new T-10 policy.
“I like the new policies because it’s too much responsibility for us teachers to have to worry about our students walking in 15 minutes late. The new policy now helps us focus more on teaching our students,” Alissa Arden, math teacher, said.
If a student receives multiple absences, they can lose credits. Once a student has a large number of absences, the student will be put on an attendance list. The administration will supervise attendance and monitor grades. If the person is absent too much, he/she could be sent to Riverside.
“I was on the attendance list once and I honestly didn’t care. Sometimes I can’t get to my classes on time and it’s hard to get through the crowded hallways. If I’m going to lose credits because I’m late then maybe I’m not going to graduate on time,” Alexa Podlesney ’15 said.
I don’t really mind the new policies because I tend to arrive to class on time. I always make sure I have a pass if I’m going to be late to class, and I make sure my teachers email each other. The new tardy policy seems to be working because it stops students from skipping class, arriving very late to class, and keeping their attendance in check. I like that the administration created new rules, and I hope the students respect them and follow them.