By Sidney Swain
Alameda High School is cracking down on tardies with a new policy. This policy states that if a student is late to the first class of the day, they will be assigned a lunchtime detention that same day. Also, if a student is late to the class period after lunch, they will be assigned a detention for the following day.
A lunch detention means that students lose their off campus privileges and must sit in the cafeteria for a lunch period.
Dean Eric Shawn has made the new policy short and clear. If a student misses the assigned lunchtime detention, they have one chance to make it up, but if they do not report to detention the following day, they will put on the exclusion list.
Being on the exclusion list bans a student from any school activities such as sports games and dances. To be removed from the exclusion list, a student must attend a four-hour Saturday school, according to vice principal Michael Lee.
Many teachers find this policy to be working. Social Science teacher Molly Gerber is giving out about two detentions a day, she said “It would have been at least 70 a day,” with the old policy.
Gerber showed great appreciation for the new policy because “for the past two years, I had to delay the start of my class,” because of all the students strolling in late, without any substantial consequence.
English teacher Janice Carroll agrees the policy is a good one. “It’s working,” she said, adding “I’ve had fewer tardies in first period than I’ve ever had in general over the last few years.”
Carroll claims she never assigns detentions, she said “the administration and attendance read my legal document and give detentions,” the legal document being the attendance from that day.
Though teachers seem to be enjoying the new policy, students are not as ecstatic about it. Senior Dominique Barrs said “they should give us a little more time for lunch,” as a solution for the detentions given after lunch. Barrs also discussed having the school day start at 8:10 as opposed to 8.
Sophomore Shayna Tyler thinks “it’s unfair that its so easy to get on the exclusion list,” by missing your detention twice. The exclusion list is a punishment that excludes you from all school hosted activities and is very serious.
Tyler also offered a positive solution to the excess of tardies. She said “Rewarding classes that have all the students there on time,” could help motivate students to get to class on time, because who doesn’t want a reward?
Sophomore Savannah Tarver agrees that we need a later start time for school because “sometimes you need that extra minute to be on time.” Tarver added that “we should should get at least one warning,” before receiving a lunch detention.