The Flaws Of The Tardy Policy

My experience being late to class and the consequences.

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Emily Roberts. junior, late to class.

Emily Roberts. junior, late to class.

Emily Roberts. junior, late to class.

Sabrina Jaynes, Journalist

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The tardy policy is a system created to train kids not to be late to class by using what some may consider to be harsh penalties. For each quarter of the school year (around 45 days), students receive consequences for each tardy they have in a class. With each tardy a student gets, a parent receives an automated phone call and the teacher talks to the student.

  Students are allowed a limit of three tardies per class before actual restrictions are put in place. Once that student reaches a third tardy, they automatically receive an entire day of in-house suspension. Not just one period for the class they were late to, but a whole day.

  If the student is tardy after that, totaling four, they are then suspended for one day. Each tardy after that, the student adds on another day of (out of school) suspension.

  Although it is reasonable to punish a student for purposely missing class, there are some things that keep a student back that they are not to blame for. The school’s handbook states that teachers may not keep students in class, causing them to be late to another. Unfortunately this rule is not always followed.

  This policy also does not this take into account our shortened class times. In most classes, there is not enough to time to finish the lesson, causing the students to stay after to hear the rest of the information or to grab their homework, which leads to tardies in other classes.

  Another way upperclassmen are late is when they return back from lunch. Most days, as you are coming back in to the freshmen building, the gym doors are locked. This leads a student to either rush around to the front office or wait until another student inside sees the horde of desperate students outside and unlocks the doors for them. Students leave rocks in the door, so they can still exit the building, but come back in time for class. This ends up just being a guessing game, as there is no definite locking schedule.

  This year, I received my first in-house detention. Although I had previously been late my past two years, I had never gotten in trouble for it. I received it for being late to my 5th hour class, the one directly after lunch. I did not skip class, nor did I show up to class at an unreasonable time missing any important information. I received a phone call home after that day explaining I was late, but I was not aware of my in-house status.

  The next day in my 1st hour class, I was pulled out in the middle of a lesson to the front office. I was told I had in-house at the end of the week, and of course, I was appalled. I was missing a whole day of learning for being late to one class. Three times. Over a 45 day period.

  I was aware I made a mistake by being late, but how does missing all my classes justify these actions?

  The office handed me a paper that, right off the bat, conveyed what the school assumes was clear directions. They used bold letters and underlined sentences, as if I needed it to be amplified to me on what to do. They made sure to let me know to bring any books I may need (multiple times), and to fill out my assignment sheet on the back (which they never checked).

  It stated on the paper that this rule was made to help keep discipline, but I figure I have at least a little bit of it by the fact that I can take AP classes and keep up with the work; nor does any other student being late show that they are undisciplined. They are still attending school for their education.

  The day of in-house I showed up promptly on time to room 12. This room was small, white, and isolated; the only posters hanging were full of rules and regulations. Each of the desks were facing the wall to discourage communication.

  Immediately, the teacher explained that a new rule was in place – any student who had a cell phone on them must give it up to be placed in a ziplock bag and put away in a cabinet. If a student was caught with one, they would be suspended for three days.

  The first teacher in the room went around collecting phones. One student had put a case in his bag in which the teacher assumed it was a cell phone, even after the student said repeatedly he didn’t even own one. This caused such a ruckus that security was called to deal with the “troublesome” student hiding his property.

  In the end it turned out that there, in fact, was no phone.

  Most of the day was spent sitting at the desk attempting to do homework. There were three laptops available to use, which helped somewhat with the homework, but it was impossible to do some of my homework.

  I had no idea how to do it, as I was missing the lessons during the day. The lessons that I attend tend to be high-pace, making it hard to catch up with any missing work. In some cases, teachers decided to change the homework on later in the day, so I had to grab it and redo the correct homework the following Monday.

  Throughout the day we had three figures of authority watching over us, each with a different attitude. As the teachers shuffled in, students would shuffle in at times if they only had in-house for one period. It seemed to have a constantly changing atmosphere.

  My final thought on in-house? It was a waste of time. Students should not be missing out on their education because they are tardy to class. In-house treats these average students as if they are disobedient on a deeper level, which may cause kids to act up, because what’s the point in trying if you are just punished anyway?

  In a way, in-house is more destructive than just a simple punishment.

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27 Responses to “The Flaws Of The Tardy Policy”

  1. Alyvia Briscoe on January 10th, 2018 9:25 pm

    I completely agree! I got in-house last year from being late to Student Council (one of the times I was late, I was taking my little brother to school), and all it did was cause problems. It interfered with a test that I had that day, and made me fall behind in my other classes. And honestly, being in in-house felt like more of a day off than a punishment.

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  2. Axel on January 19th, 2018 8:19 am

    I like the article and I also like how the total of the article matches with the picture.

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  3. Jazmine Cook on January 19th, 2018 8:23 am

    I agree! It is a waste of time it does no one justice. Students miss out on class and their teachers have to take extra time out of their day to get work for their students. Then the student has to teach themselves the lesson because they are missing class. I feel there should be some punishment if the student is late on purpose but to pull a student out of class for being late makes no sense.

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  4. Ana on January 19th, 2018 8:29 am

    I agree; in- house is honestly not the greatest idea on punishing a student for being tardy. You just miss classes, and fall behind. Also, if you don’t understand something, who do you ask? The teacher isn’t there to explain. Then the next day you have to turn in the assignments, but if you didn’t understand them you’re just going to have to not turn it in because you missed the lesson for being in in-house.

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  5. Ronni Spaulding on January 19th, 2018 8:48 am

    I like that you often write about situations that can really relate to the students. I like this article because you really say how you feel without it being rude, and you make a good point by using logical examples that you, and other students have experienced.

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  6. Emily Roberts on January 19th, 2018 1:36 pm

    I like the way you were able to speak your mind on a personal experience that you had, without using too much opinion. I also liked that you did not lose the purpose of the article and ramble off onto needless tangents. Great job.

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  7. Darcy on January 19th, 2018 1:37 pm

    I absolutely loved this article. So many of the points you made are valid and crucial to consider: as someone who has had to cross the entire campus in four minutes, as well as pack up from the previous class, I know how difficult it can be. Many teachers also have a “the bell doesn’t dismiss you” policy, which can make the shortened periods even more difficult to abide by. I feel as though the consequences for being late are rather extreme, especially considering that I’m an AP/honors/college student with all A’s.

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  8. Lilly C on January 19th, 2018 2:09 pm

    Great article. Principal should read this. Love the opening picture. I’m glad someone can finally relate; I thought I was the only one.

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  9. Andrew Mosley on January 19th, 2018 2:12 pm

    I agree with this so strongly! I never went to in house but if I get one more tardy I will. Classes come from near and far. The far ones take longer then the near ones because you have to walk behind slow people or the fact I am inactive I can’t keep up with this pace and by the time I get to class I’m out of breath and almost gonna have an asthma attack.

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  10. Steven McKnight on February 9th, 2018 9:16 am

    I have to agree. Even though I have had no experience with in-house directly, I’ve heard terrible things and this only fortifies what I’ve heard. While I am an underclassman, this still affects some of my fellow sophomores. If it were up to me, I’d make tardy students have to go to the class they are tardy to most during power hour.

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  11. Sierra McAdams on February 9th, 2018 9:17 am

    In house was such a waste of time when I had it for a whole day for trying to rush from the freshman building to my second hour which is on the second floor. It is not fair to us kids that are trying to get an education when we have to run from one place to another in four minutes. Most kids do not even have time to stop at their lockers without the teachers marking them tardy. When I was in in-house it was more of a break from everything other than a punishment. Most kids sat and talked and nobody did work. They all mostly slept or used their phones even when the lady asked for our phones.

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  12. Cali Mashore on February 9th, 2018 9:25 am

    I agree with this article immensely. The tardy policy is absurd and very unreasonable and I have dealt with a fair share of this unhelpful punishment. I used to always be late to my first period due to my bus arriving to the school promptly before the bell ringing which of course I couldn’t control. I tried explaining to my teacher this was the case but she was critical until she told me she received information from another teacher that his students were also late because of the same bus I rode. I am not perfect and I have been tardy to other classes most of which were because of reasons this article states above. Many teachers are not understanding and do not give students even the slightest inch of trust. If teachers were more compassionate and gave us some slack, the students would do the same. Students feel as if their criminals in in-house, for example not being able to use the restroom without a supervisor. Also being held in a room that is “small, white, and isolated” is just ridiculous. If teachers can’t give students respect how are the students supposed to give it in return?

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  13. Makayla Lawrence on February 9th, 2018 9:25 am

    I completely agree. In-house is a waste of time. Students miss a day of learning and all because of a mistake. In-house detention is a waste of time because when you get there, most kids are talking and horsing around with their “buddy”;it distracts those students who are either A, trying to get caught up or B, trying to concentrate on reading or work that they need to turn in the next day.

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  14. Charles Dyer on February 9th, 2018 9:37 am

    I completely agree with this article: I’ve never had in-house but to me it seems like a complete waste of time because “students should not be missing out on their education because they are tardy to one class.” To me, in-house seems like more of a reward than a punishment because you don’t have to go to class.

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  15. Joselyn Hernandez on February 9th, 2018 9:37 am

    I like how you added your personal experience in the article. I feel they should add time to passing periods , and I personally had to stop using my locker because it just took too long to go there and then to class. Now I have to carry more books in my bags when I walk home every day.

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  16. Abbigale Edington on February 9th, 2018 11:53 am

    I agree with you 100%. Many students have a hard time getting to class on time with the short amount of time we have. In-house is very ineffective and odd. Why would you take a student out of an entire day of classes because you were late to one class? “It was a waste of time” as Emily says, and it is very true. I never got anything productive done.

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  17. pricila ortuno on February 9th, 2018 11:56 am

    I strongly agree with this article that “students should not be missing out on their education” for being tardy in one or more class. Although, students should be punished in a different way instead of staying in in-house all day and not being taught.

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  18. Kara Charles on February 9th, 2018 11:58 am

    This article is both convincing and completely eye-opening. The author is informing that in-house is “more destructive than a simple punishment.” In-house is something that makes students fall behind in a subject because the student is missing out on the lectures that their teachers are teaching others while they are stuck in a room with nothing but assignments and silence.

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  19. Abbigale Edington on February 9th, 2018 11:59 am

    I support your comment. You are so accurate it hurts. When you say “who do you ask?” who do we? The sub that is in there from 3rd on has no idea how to help students with math.

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  20. Mariah on February 9th, 2018 12:02 pm

    I agree completely that “there are some things that keep a student back that they are not to blame for.” That is what makes people’s grades go down because they are suspending people because of tardies. Would you want your son and/or daughter missing school or showing up late to class? There are many reasons why people are late to class.

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  21. Emerald Henning on February 9th, 2018 2:08 pm

    I completely agree because in-house is a true waste of time. None of the students actually do their work. They sit there and talk to anybody and everybody that will talk to them. The part of the article that I like the most is “Students should not be missing out on their education because they are tardy to class,” because the students that can’t help being late (students that have to go to pathways and then have to go upstairs–mostly upperclassmen), but some sophomores should get some slack because the majority of the time it is not the student’s fault. The school needs to be more mindful of the different routes that the students need to take in order to get from point A to point B. And I disagree with this tardy policy because the school district wants students in class, but instead they are forcing kids to stay in one room all day and expect them to get there work done, but all they are doing is keeping kids out of class and forcing them to teach themselves the lessons that they are missing.

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  22. Alexandria Calderon on February 12th, 2018 9:09 am

    The tardy policy is very absurd. I agree that “in-house is more destructive than just a simple punishment,” because being tardy is something that should not be a big deal. But I also agree to students being on time to class.

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  23. hannah mcelheny on February 12th, 2018 9:20 am

    I agree. Many times I am late because another teacher is holding me back in their class. In the article it states that “teachers may not keep students in class, causing them to be late to another,” and although this may be a rule, it is barely followed. If a teacher holds someone in their classroom and they need to go to a locker or use the restroom, they will have no time because the passing periods are only four minutes long. I believe the teachers need to be following this rule more often just for the students’ courtesy.

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  24. Laurin on February 12th, 2018 9:50 am

    I agree with you, I do not think suspending people for being tardy is really effective. Missing school is never good for anyone because they miss a lot of stuff in class.

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  25. Ariana on February 12th, 2018 9:58 am

    I absolutely agree with you because in-house is a waste of time. No one does their work, you can’t talk. It causes you to miss work from the class you are missing and then you have to play the catch up game. It is dumb.

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  26. David Berhow on February 12th, 2018 11:07 am

    I agree with the “Flaws Of The Tardy Policy” because it says some straight facts. Like how sometimes teachers hold their students and they end up being late. It has some good ole facts. It also says how if you become tardy you will get suspended for the whole day and not just that period, which is dumb in my opinion. This is just straight facts. It also addresses how student can be late because of lunch.

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  27. Tristan Coleman on February 14th, 2018 9:15 am

    The tardy policy is a moronic way of “punishing” students for being late to class. Sabrina Jaynes, a journalist, emphasizes, “how does missing all my classes justify these actions?” which, of course, they don’t. Students have a very limited time to go to class, and causing students to panic leads to not being able to use the restroom, or go to the lockers. The reality of this situation is students don’t go to class; furthermore, they start missing more valuable class time, which’ll lead to failing grades.

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