Don’t be Tardy

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Prairie High School’s tardy policy is one that is both liked and disliked by a wide range of people. Once a student has reached 10 tardies, they are issued a detention slip. On one hand, teachers can use tardies as a way to keep track of their students and hold them accountable for showing to class on time. On the other hand, students feel that punishment for tardiness is unnecessary.    


Mrs. Watts, a strong supporter of the tardy policy, feels that detentions are a fair punishment. It used to be that ISS (in school suspension) was given to all students who showed up after the bell. It was unfair because students would be given ISS whether they were 10 seconds late or 10 minutes late.


“It meets everyone in the middle,” Watts said. She also made the point that students can take this lesson and apply it to their life outside of school. “In real life, if you are late, you could get fired. It’s an actual policy. There needs to be consequences.” Senior, Josiah Nickel, also agree with Mrs. Watts. “If there’s no punishment, kids will skip all the time.”


Receiving detention won’t prevent kids who are chronically late from changing their ways. Zoe Hawes, a senior who is not too fond of the tardy policy, “[doesn’t] see how giving tardies for being late is going to solve anything.” Students who are tardy will always be tardy. “It’s a lifestyle and habit.” Zoe has 39 tardies and holds above average grades.


The tardy policy at Prairie High School is something that is needed to ensure that students show up on time. Although students may feel like detentions are unnecessary, there needs to some form of punishment to encourage students to show up before the late bell. This may just mean that students will have to wake up earlier to make it to first period on time, or walk faster from the 900 building to the 400 building—and vice versa— within the passing time.

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