Late to school, late to life: more tardies, more detentions

CVHS students accumulated 1,500 additional tardies through winter break this school year compared to the last. The administration is considering both old and new ways to address this problem. We at The Olympian believe that the school can help to prevent tardies in a variety of ways.

We believe that the most effective method would be to emphasize consistently coming to class on time with positive reinforcement, rather than punishing those who are constantly late.

In previous years, the school administration used tardy sweeps to encourage coming to class on time in order to avoid being left outside during one of the dreadful affairs. This year, the administration has not run any tardy sweeps. Rather, the current system to combat tardiness is to send a truancy letter home for every nine tardies received. If students are sent two truancy letters, they are assigned Saturday school. There is also talk of adding more detentions for students who are frequently late.

The school administration also plans to implement a new rewards system for students who are consistently on time. The idea is still in the works, but Principal Blaine Torpey would like to use this method in order to support positive student behavior.

The Olympian recognizes that it is very important that students get to class on time and be present for the full class period. This prevents the disturbances in the classroom that occur through coming late and interrupting a lesson or lecture.  That is why we believe it is good idea to implement various methods such as truancy letters and detentions as punishment for multiple tardies, but more importantly, to focus more on rewarding students for being on time. If students who are chronically late to class have an incentive to come to school earlier, they will more likely want to change their normal routine so that they may benefit from the rewards.

4 thoughts on “Late to school, late to life: more tardies, more detentions

  • February 22, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I think it’s a good idea to have a consequence due to tardiness, but I think it should be taken into account that it’s not always the students fault. In relation to being on time in the morning, many kids are driven to school and have to deal with traffic, as well as waiting on whoever is driving them. So there should be consequences to being tardy, but maybe less of a punishment for those who are late to the very first class of the day rather than someone who is late to a class after lunch.

  • February 22, 2017 at 8:33 am

    I think this article is very informative but I don’t think it’ll work just like the tardy sweeps but it could work a bit better considering a letter is sent home to the kids parents

  • February 22, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I think that there does need to be an improvement when it comes to tardiness at our school. Many students don’t realize they somewhat disturb class when they walk in late. When it comes to 1st period tardies, it is a bit different because of the traffic and such, so they should be a bit more lenient. But, if they’re later in the day it’s not hard being on time. I also like the idea of the rewards for being on time.

  • February 22, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I think that it’s a good idea because by giving more detentions it will encourage kids to show up to school on time more.

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