Attendance Scare

As of September 12th, Lake Shore has enacted a new policy mandating students attend a required In School Suspension (ISS), issued for behavioral and/or attendance issues.

Straying from the traditional, the new policy is as follows: 3 Tardies= 1 lunch detention- 6 Tardies= 1 After school detention- 10 Tardies= He/She will be placed on the Attendance Probation list. If the Student has 7 or more absences in a class, The student could receive a CR(Credit for course) instead of a letter grade.

Amanda Brisco, freshman, feels conflicted on the subject stating, “I feel like it’s crappy because you gotta be on time for every class or you can easily get a lunch detention or in school suspension.” Conversely she added, “Depending on the student, this policy would make students go to class.”

This new policy may fall especially hard on students who don’t have easy access to transportation, whether it be due to family or financial issues, commuting isn’t always easy. Further complicating matters, not all students live within the district code. Such students are more reliant on parents as a form of transport. Students whose parents work or are unavailable during the morning hours may make use of local public transport such as the city bus, which at it’s earliest arrives at 8:05, conflicting with first hour attendance which is due to be taken from 7:55 to 8:00.

While students may feel it a burden, the policy simplifies the attendance taking process for teachers. Mrs. McPeak, supervisor of in school suspensions, states, “During ISS, you are not allowed to be on your phone or sleep at anytime. You may be on your chromebook only for work.” It is a way to have students stay in school and get their work done.

As harsh a policy as this may seem, it serves as a vital reminder to students – attendance matters! Richard Popp, dean of students and football coach comments, “It also serves as a high-level reminder that they need to act appropriately, serve detentions they have earned and make sure they are taking care of their business.”

It is uncertain just how long this policy will be in place, and if it’s to become more lenient. Nonetheless, more factors should be accounted for when determining whether a student is to be held accountable for their attendance issues. Students that find themselves in control of whether they can arrive on time or not, should be held responsible, point blank. But for those who have no means to control it, it’s not so black and white.

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