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Tardy Policies

August 12, 2011

Something I’ve been thinking about from a somewhat philosophical standpoint – a question for teachers and administrators both:

Is it possible to have a tardy policy which is not ultimately punitive in nature?


A more concrete but related question: At what point does pulling a student from class (ie: suspension, in-school suspension) become the next-step of intervention (if it deserves to be a step at all)?


From → Classroom Theory

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  1. Jennifer Lockett permalink

    We struggle with this issue in our educational philosophy. Is it just a ‘mark’ in a grade book or should it be a punishment if a student is late? What constitutes “excused” and what is “unexcused”?

    I personally would like to see some consequences in place for unexcused tardies (a huge problem in first period and after lunch). Right now, the lack of consequences quite honestly results in lack of accountability. I liked he idea of added service hours personally – take away their free time but give it a positive end.

    In terms of suspension (or in-school equivalent) I don’t like to exercise that option with students unless their behavior/actions is detracting from everyone else’s experience. However, that’s just my own thought.


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