Late-to-School Policy Modification
February 9, 2011
Dear AHS Parents,
On a typical school day during the first semester, about 100 students (6%) arrived late for school. During the past month, almost 170 students have been coming in late. Block 1 class time for these students has been seriously compromised by their arrival times.
To address this situation, beginning on February 9, 2011, we have modified our approach to excessive student tardiness to school in the morning. This modification was approved by the School Committee on January 27, 2011.
I have included here for your review the revised policy on tardiness. The major change relates to students who are late more than three times in any one quarter. Instead of being retained in the Cafeteria for all of Block 1, students will be permitted to enter their Block classes, but will receive a teacher detention to be served either on that day (from 2:05 to 2:30), or the next day if transportation home is an issue.
A second adjustment involves our more rigorously enforcing the parking privilege regulation contained on pages 25 and 55 of the 2010-2011 Student Handbook. In obtaining parking privileges, students must not be late to school more than six times in any one semester. If they are late more than six times, they lose their parking privileges and will be refunded the balance of their parking fee pro-rated by months left in the school year. Grade 9 and Grade 10 students with a history of late arrivals will not be afforded the opportunity to obtain the parking privilege as a junior or senior.
We believe that these modifications are more in line with our values related to the importance of classroom learning time. And we ask for your support in encouraging your students to leave home in the morning early enough to make it – through traffic and snow on some days – for classes at 7:45 AM. So many of us as adults who commute to work each morning must make these arrangements, and we are trying here to develop within our young people similar life skills.
Thank you very much.
Thomas D. Sharkey