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!