Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
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The new tardy policy St. James gained last year was quite the controversy. The policies stated that as soon as the bell rings, teachers should close and lock their doors and not let any students in. A team of hall monitors would then “sweep” the hallways and take any stranded students to the front office for a tardy slip.

The biggest inconvenience that hasn’t been addressed regarding this “policy” is that students who could have missed four seconds of “transition” time are now missing up to ten or even more minutes of valuable instruction time.

Junior Marissa Scirocco explained her concern regarding how tardies should be counted. She said, “I think the tardy policy makes no sense because they combine morning tardies with class tardies which is unfair because it’s easier to get from one class to another during the day, than it is to get from home to school in the mornings.”

Not only do we miss minutes of instruction time each time we’re tardy, but after being tardy to five classes entirely, we begin to get penalized with things such as in school suspension (ISS) and lunch detention and end up missing even more class time.

Sophomore Orion Hagley had just received a referral for tardies. He is required to attend three sessions of lunch detention as a penalty. He said, “Having lunch detention sucks,” and when asked his opinions on the tardy policy he said, “Well, it would be pretty weird if I agreed with it at this point.”

When asked what the school should do instead of doing in school suspension during the school day, Mrs. Amie Kuchar said, “Tardies should be penalized by having detention after school because why would be punish students for missing class by making them miss more class?”

At Conway High School, they decided to have suspension after school, and dropped their tardy rate by 60%. Teachers said that the students just magically stopped being late!

15 comments:

  1. I think it is dumb that you get punished by missing more class time if you are tardy. That is only hurting students and I don't think it really motivates them to be on time.

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  2. Blake Ryan and Kevin LasagnaDecember 13, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Blake: Discipline can be overwhelming for many students who already have enough on their plates to deal with. The discipline we receive for the little things should be taken under consideration.
    Kevin: Discipline procedures have improved since my freshman year. I agree that the tardy procedure still has room to improve.

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  3. I think our school should definitely take this into consideration! Being 20 seconds late shouldn't result in a tardy and possible ISS.

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  4. Our School is very strict on tardies and attendance sometimes it can be a good thing and sometimes it can be a bad thing !

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  5. I feel that the tardy policy is really complicated to understand, good job on the article, LIzz

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  6. I hate the new policy, I really hope they change it or make a new changes to it. Great article, Lizz!

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  7. It is weird that our school would get strict about a student's attendance. I think what they're trying to do is prepare us when we have to go to work on time, so you don't lose your job.

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  8. The tardy policy is insane. It makes no sense, and wastes a ton of time. Fantastic article, very well done.

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  9. Nicely written i also agree if you kept in the office for a tardy slip you are just missing more time of class. The school needs to re-think the whole situation before doing something such as this.

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  10. This can be considered good and bad on both sides. Wonderful article Lizz!

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  11. I agree about after school suspension. It would be a great way to end the problem and keep the students who are late from missing important info in their classes.

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  12. Great Article Lizz! This policy is a pain, hopefully it'll change.

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  13. This is an awesome article. I have a friend that's been late to school a few times by just a few minutes and he's on an intervention plan because of it. Ridiculous process with ridiculous consequences.

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  14. Good article. I agree, the solution to missing class is certainly not to miss more.

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  15. I guess the tardy policy is good cause it stops people from lurking in the halls, but sending students home just creates another problem

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