After reviewing the previous system, paper tardy slips will no longer be used. As of April 2, students who are tardy will be required to enter through the cafeteria and have their badges scanned.

“This [new policy] will make it easier to see who’s tardy,” acting dean Pate Thomas said. “This will show that they’re actually on campus. [The policy was put in place] because the old way was out-dated. This way it shows whos actually tardy and often.”

Badges will be scanned in the cafeteria starting at 6:59 a.m. by an administrator or campus security. Names will then be compiled into a spreadsheet that will be shared with teachers to identify if their students are tardy or loitering on another part of campus.

“It’s interesting to see who’s late every single day,” physics teacher Patrick Waddington “It’s reassuring to see that it’s not only my class and it’s a habit across the board.”

Students who arrive later than 30 minutes after the bell rings will be marked absent. Tardy infractions will result in the following consequences:

1st        Written Warning
2nd Written Warning/ Parent Contact
3rd Parent Contact/After school detention in Dean’s office (B143) to be served within a week – 30 minutes (1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.)
4th Parent Contact/After school detention in Dean’s office (B143) to be served within a week – 90 minutes (1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
5th Parent Contact/After school detention in Dean’s office (B143) to be served within a week – 90 minutes (1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.)
6th RPC-T/Disregard School Rules
7th One Day Suspension/Disregard School Rules
8th or more Progressive Suspensions (3 days, 5 days, etc.)

“I feel like this new policy is good and bad,” junior Kylie Momsila said. “It’s good for the office staff because there were a lot of students late in the morning so the line in the office stretches out past the doors.”

Students who come in after the first period will scan their badges themselves at the front office.

“I suppose [this new policy] saves paper and holds students accountable,” junior Ayame Faria said. “Personally because the change was so sudden and the cafeteria is farther away than where I usually get dropped off, I ended up being later than I would have if I went the regular way.”

Do you think scanning your badge is better than the paper tardy slips?