In an effort to ensure student punctuality, Lake Shore High School has been revising and improving its attendance policies. The new policies aim at stricter punishments for frequent absences and tardies. Compared to last years attendance enforcement, this involves more disciplinary action against infractors of these rules.
This year’s attendance policy features more student detentions for frequent absences and tardies; a lunch detention after three tardies, and after school detention after six. Students who are at fault of using their cell phones during class face the possibility of their phone being taken to the office, or requiring a parent to retrieve it in more severe cases.
The stricter policies intend to deal with frequently absent student, incorporating harsher punishments for such offenders. With an accumulated three absences or tardies in one class, a student will receive a lunch detention. After six, a student will be placed on credit probation for that class. After ten total absences in one class, a student will be restricted in school activities, such as being unable to perform in athletics clubs or attend some school functions. Thus far into the school year, the attendance rates have been excellent.
Richard Popp, dean of students, says, “They have absolutely already had an effect.” Cellphones are being handled more seriously, as with the chromebooks available to students, cellular devices are more of a distraction and less of an asset. Fortunately, there has not been a single incident this year according to Popp. Over the course of the year, the new policies will hopefully shape a better attendance for our high school. “On time to class, more time in class,” says Popp.
Helpful to students, but beneficial the teachers, higher attendance makes things go smoother in the classroom. Robert Couck, government teacher and student council advisor, believes these attendance policies are a great help for the learning process. “It helps us get through more content in the classroom, there’s less repeating of material for students who are absent,” says Couck. Students missing less class time makes it easier for the teachers who don’t have to deal with missing work.