Habitual tardiness is a huge problem in the adult workforce that many experts believe has roots in adolescence.
The Clay Community School Board of Trustees during Thursday's meeting agreed that tardiness is a problem in a vote of 6-0 in favor of a stricter tardy policy for Northview High School.
"It is a huge problem that even the students recognize," NHS Principal Jim Church said, explaining his desire that the new pilot program will assist students in becoming responsible for themselves and their ac-tions now.
"It just wasn't forceful enough to get their attention," Church said about the previous policy. "They need to understand how important it is to be on time for school, and in life."
Adults are expected to be at work on time, ready to perform the duties of their position. If teenagers can learn this as a student while in school they will make better employees when they enter the workforce. Parents are encouraged to support the stricter policy.
Spring semester policies
Penalties for tardiness during the spring semester include:
- Warnings for first and second tardies from their teachers.
- A detention of 55 minutes after school and parent notification via mail for a third tardy.
- For the fourth tardy a student will receive a Tuesday School penalty and parent notification via mail.
- A fifth tardy will have two Tuesday School penalties and a parent conference.
- The sixth tardy offense will have three Tuesday School penalties and parent notification via mail.
- The seventh tardy will lead to class withdrawal of the student and the grade of an "F" with possible suspension from school and/or recommendation for expulsion.