Tardies increase this year
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The tardy bell echoes through the halls but the shuffling feet and yells can still be heard from the hallways. When students are marked tardy they may receive a referral for skipping. As a result, their grades drop because they can’t turn in or receive assignments.
A classroom tardy is defined as an unexcused tardy that exists when a student is not in his or her classroom when the tardy bell rings. The consequences for tardies start small with 0-5 resulting in verbal warnings and escalating to 36 and above tardies resulting in discipline directly from Student Affairs.
According to Assistant Principal Quasar Givens, there were 1,500 total tardies in Quarter 1, more than last year.
At one point in the first quarter, there were 87 students with 20 or more tardies. As a result of tardies or skipping, students will face stricter regulations. To make students more aware of the tardy policy junior Jaeyon Ball suggests, “Announcing it over the speakers every morning,” he said. “and having APs in the halls.”
On one random day, there were up to 25 students who are still wandering the halls after the bell has rung. There are a variety of reasons that students are late, from crowded hallways to teachers holding students back. For sophomore Nagely Muoz she believes that a longer transition period would prevent tardies.
“I don’t have time to come from the 300 Hall all the way to the 500 Hall,” she said.
Many students believe that the tardy policy would be followed more if there were stricter punishments. Many agree with the current punishments of ISS, OSS, late grades and referrals, junior Mallie Fernandez suggested enforcing the tardy policy with awards. “Like if you’re not tardy for so many days then you get an award for it,” Fernandez said. “[But] I don’t really think people are going to care about awards as much if they’re not specific.”