The new attendance policy went into effect March 4, and for many, things are school as usual. For others, the policy has only increased the time they spend out of class.
While the attendance policy “update” (we were assured it wasn’t truly anything “new,” simply, “restated,”) appears to be an improvement on the surface level, in actuality, it is causing a large amount of distress for some.
This new attendance policy has been met with some mixed emotions as the newer, harsher rules have called for student punctuality, something that high school students aren’t great at.
While some students don’t care or aren’t impacted by it, for the most part students are mostly against it. The administration might think that the newly introduced idea of tardy-absences will reduce overall lateness in students, but we think that it is going to only make it worse. Sending students who are late back to the attendance office so they can be even later and interrupt class twice isn’t going to change the behaviors of those who are chronically late in a significant manner. If the goals of this policy were to stress students out and interrupt class more, it has succeeded.
Some students have more of a problem with the time we have in between classes, arguing that the shorter time is more of an issue than the new tardy policy. It’s nearly impossible for some students who run back and forth across the school to make it to class on time in five minutes even when they don’t stop or slow down for any reason. Throw in a stop by a locker or a run to the restroom during the passing period spells almost certain tardiness.
For most students, this “updated” policy is just another seemingly pointless thing to stress about during the school day. While we understand this is essentially the same policy with harsher punishments for being late, it really isn’t fair to be sent down to the office and have to worry about contacting parents and interrupting class again, let alone the embarrassment that some students feel at being late without being sent back to the office to begin with.
While the supporters are far outnumbered by students who dislike the policy, there are some students who do enjoy the new policy, because now it is widely known that students can get excused from a tardy absent if they do get one.
Overall, the consensus is that the new policy is just another thing to stress about, but the stress could be reduced if there was more time in the passing period to stop by the restroom and visit your locker.
On the other hand, we can simply argue “get to class on time, and there would be no issue.” Oh, if only it were that simple.