All students are responsible for being in class by 7:45 a.m. The only time students will be administratively excused is if the bus is late, as reported by the transportation department. In addition, students who arrive late may be excused for good cause shown, including medical and dental appointments that cannot be scheduled outside the school day, medical disability, a motor vehicle driver’s test, interviews for college entrance or employment, and court appearances. For any of these excused reasons for lateness, verification must be provided in the same manner as for excused absences (see Absences).
After three (3) unexcused tardies, students will be referred to the student’s grade-assigned assistant principal for disciplinary action. In addition, three (3) lates to class will equal an absence under the Attendance Policy.
Students who arrive after 7:45 a.m. must swipe in with their school-issued ID at the security desk at the front entrance or side theater entrance. Students who are late for unexcused reasons can be considered truant. (See also Truancy.) Students who are late for good cause and wish to be marked excused should report immediately to the Attendance Office with their verifying documentation from the medical office, Motor Vehicle Agency, etc (see above).
Discipline Guidelines for Unexcused Lates
- Three unexcused tardies to school/class – one detention, parent notification
- Six unexcused tardies to school/class – one extended detention and potential loss of privileges, including driving.
- Nine unexcused tardies to school/class – two extended detentions, parent notification and privileges suspended for one month, including driving.
- Twelve unexcused tardies to school/class – suspension, parent notification, privileges suspended for two months or permanently, including driving