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Tardy Policy


It is very important for students to arrive at school and to each class on time. The habit of arriving late can become a life-long problem so it is imperative for parents and students to establish a routine that will ensure timeliness.   


Students who arrive at school after 8:10 am, but before 8:30 a.m. are considered tardy and should report directly to their 1st block class. 


Students who arrive at school after 8:30 a.m. must report to the Attendance Office to check-in.  


Students who miss more than half of the first block are considered absent (not tardy) and must submit an absent note.  If a note is not turned in at check-in, parent contact will be made.


Tardy Detentions

Students are required to be in class on time.  A student who is tardy to the first class of the day is required to serve a 15 minute detention at 7:30 a.m. on the following school day.  Students who fail to arrive to morning detention at 7:30 a.m. will be required to serve a 30 minute detention at 7:15 a.m. the following school day.  Failure to arrive promptly for a 7:15 a.m. detention will result in more serious disciplinary action.


Students who are tardy to any 2nd, 3rd, or 4th block class will be required to serve a 15 minute detention for each tardy on the same day the student is late.  Students who fail to appear for afternoon detention will receive a dean’s detention on a subsequent day.


As a courtesy, students will receive a detention reminder during the last block of the school day.  It is the student’s responsibility to report to detention when he/she is tardy regardless of whether or not the reminder was delivered.  Students who are playing in afternoon athletic games (not practices) or activity group competitions and performances may serve the subsequent day if the Dean is notified before the detention takes place.


A student who accumulates more than three tardies in any one class is also eligible for a teacher detention.  If the student continues to be tardy after the teacher has assigned a detention, the teacher will refer the student to the Dean of Discipline.  A student is liable for a dean’s detention for every teacher referral submitted to the dean.


Tardy Detention Exemptions  

Students who are late due to family emergencies, lost items, faulty alarms, car problems, and similar situations will be accepted into school, however, they are not exempt from tardy detentions and are responsible for serving detention if they are tardy and/or receive a reminder notice.  Individual exemptions for reasons other than those listed above may be made by the Vice Principal.