The Seaholm High School administration is cracking down on the attendance policy.
Consequences will now be enacted for tardies, unexcused absences, and the failure of a student to sign out before leaving school.
“The idea is to tighten up the lax attitudes of some students towards being in classes on time” Assistant Principal Deb Boyer said.
According to Boyer, the number of absences and tardies has become unacceptable and it is time to have consequences for students who rack up tardies and unexcused absences.
For tardies specifically, the initial repercussions will be up to teachers. However, when a student receives six tardies, the case will immediately go to assistant principals Boyer and Othamian Peterson.
According to Boyer, teachers will have the option of using detention and Saturday school as a consequence for one or more unexcused absences and tardies when the teacher feels it is an appropriate consequence.
“We have reinstituted a standard time for detention, two days a week, and Saturday school,” Principal Dee Lancaster said.
When the attendance case gets to the assistant principals, upper classman will be at risk of having the parking pass suspended or taken away all together.
“We are ready to tie parking privileges for upperclassmen to parking privileges to patterns of tardiness or unexcused absences,” Boyer said.
According to Peterson, the changes aren’t meant to be a form of top down leadership, but rather a way to punish students who are causing disruptions to other student’s learning and class time.
“It’s putting together some guidelines to help prevent this very disruptive practice,” Peterson said.
According to Lancaster, one of the reasons that the attendance policy acquired stricter policies is because teachers were getting fed up with the amount of disturbances caused by tardy students.
“The teachers have come to us many times complaining about the number of students that skip class without any repercussions,” Lancaster said.
Junior Caroline Stacey believes the new attendance policies are extreme and unnecessary in some cases.
“I think the tardy policy is a little excessive,” Stacey said. “I mean, I know they are trying to prevent too many tardies, but I think it’s fair to be late with a teacher pass.’”
However, according to administrators, students arriving late to class with a pass will continue to be excused. Those late arrivals will not be counted toward accrued tardies.
Peterson said he does not want the policies to get excessive, but does believe it is vital to provide teachers with administrative support when they have students constantly skipping and coming in late.
“Our goal is just to provide some support,” Peterson said.