Administration seeks a solution for student lateness

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Administration has recently started acting more on the increasing lateness. Habitual lateness can prevent fluid learning and distract other students, which may cause some to miss out on important information.

“Absolutely [lateness prevents fluid learning],” said Andrea Daly, an english teacher.

If students are late they risk missing important information, such as notes for a test. Some teachers even provide information to study during bellwork, which can be missed by late students. 

“In my first block, there’s like one or two [people] that are late every day,” said Landon Gray, a freshman.

Late students can get lunch detention or even Saturday school. However, this policy may be ineffective to prevent lateness. Some students feel that having the threat of punishment if they are late and unexcused doesn’t stop people from being late.

“My parents put a lot of pressure on me. If I’m late unexcused, they would get really mad at me,” said Kailin Silbert, a freshman.

A lot of pressure may also be put on parents to help their students arrive on time to school. If students are late to school without a parent to sign them in, a parent will be called by the school. However, some parents may not enforce their own rules about their students being late.

“If I mark you tardy, your parent will get a call, but some parents don’t check their voicemail… not all parents are huge on enforcement,” Daly explained.

Lateness can be disruptive to the classroom environment. 

Teachers and administrators can set an example for students. For example, if teachers are on time to their classes, students will feel that it is more important to be on time to class.

There are many possible solutions that some students feel would help lower the number of students that are late every day. 

Some students thought that longer passing periods would be effective, however that would require a longer school day. Students also thought that more bathrooms in convenient locations could help because bathroom lines would be shorter. Unfortunately that solution could cost the school a lot of money.

Bathrooms are frequently locked due to vandalism and damage, which makes it harder for students to use the bathroom and arrive to class on time. It also causes lines to be longer at the bathrooms that are open, which can also prevent students from being in class on time. 

Some students feel that if the bathrooms are locked for a shorter time in the event of vandalism that they could be in class on time more easily.

“I think people understand that they shouldn’t be late but they’re still late,” Gray said.

Lateness is still a growing problem among students. It may not be possible to fully eliminate lateness, however, there could be some unknown solutions to the problem.