Late policy enforces discipline

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The school recently began strictly enforcing their late policy by cracking down on late students. It is important to learn how to be punctual, and being on time to school helps create discipline.

According to the Management Study Guide, which is an educational portal launched in 2008 with the goal of enriching students and employers with knowledge on management and workplace information, being on time means being disciplined. It is essential to learn discipline in the adolescent stage of life, because discipline creates the mindset people need to be successful in the real world. If the school did not expect students to be in their seats by a certain time, then there would be no discipline created in students, which leads to poor character qualities.

However, no policy is perfect, and along with creating character comes caring for the health of individuals. Unfortunately, school’s early start will most likely never be changed, because of club events, sports games, and bus routing.

It is important to acknowledge that school starting that early may not be the best thing for high schooler’s health. According to the Nationwide Childrens Hospital, an academic pediatric medical center designed to manage complex diseases, teenagers need between nine and nine and a half hours of sleep every night. School starts at 7:20 a.m. meaning that kids would have to go to sleep at 10:00 PM to wake up with 20 minutes left before the bell.

For some students, this is impossible. Some kids have jobs that they do not get off their shift until as late as 10:00 p.m. or 11:00 p.m. For others, waking up at 7:00, leaving only 20 minutes to get ready and get to school is certainly difficult. They also do not get to eat breakfast, which Rush University, a medical school in Chicago, deems the most important meal of the day since it lowers body mass index, improves daily performance, and decreases the amount of fat people consume throughout the day.

The most important thing that the school is starting to crackdown on is excuses. No longer will minor excuses be excused unless a parent physically brings a student to the office, or a documentation from a doctor or a professional is produced.

“Last semester we had a lot of students trying to excuse their students because of traffic, car trouble, or because they woke up late,” said Aaron Pettinato, the Dean of Students.

The student will not receive a detention unless serious offenses are repeated, however, the excuse for traffic seems to be pretty legitimate. If a student is to get nine to nine and a half hours of sleep, they will have to go to bed at latest, 10:00 p.m. which leaves only 20 minutes to get to school. The issue with this is that the roads are congested as early as 7:05 a.m. and it is difficult to get past the roundabout depending on where a person’s automobile is coming from. With nearly 1,800 kids trying to get to the same place, it is a challenge some people face almost every morning.

The school cannot control the traffic, which is understandable, and they have recently been doing a good job at enforcing the late policy, especially when they need students at school in order to receive more funding.

The late policy should also help create character within students, helping create a better environment and discipline for students to put forward their best in real life. The only important thing to remember is that students are humans, and accidents and minor issues can occur. By communicating and trying to help those that may struggle with traffic problems, insomnia, or have trouble getting to school because of how far away their house is, would reflect well on the school.


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