What you need to know about Bullard’s new Tardy Policy

Alexis Mooksavanh, Staff Writer

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As students are being welcomed back from their winter break, Bullard now has a new tardy policy that will start on the 15th. This policy is actually  supposed to help students. A recent research discovered that around 60% of those are who late are usually in first period.

It is understandable that it may not even be your fault that you are late; it could be that you are dropping off your siblings or your parents are running late. This policy may be fairly strict– most students are already saying they dislike it– but maybe it can actually benefit students in the long run.

Each teacher will have a Tardy binder located somewhere in the class with easy access to it. If you are late, then you are to fill out one of the forms in the binder so the teacher can keep track of you. Let’s say there are steps, and the first two are warnings. You can be in step one in one class and step eight in another class. The advancing of steps will only apply for the specific class that you are late to. Other than that you are safe in your other classes, but that doesn’t mean you should take advantage of it.

The first two tardies will be a teacher’s warning; the third tardy is a call home from teacher along with lunch detention; the fourth tardy is also lunch detention but you will have to meet with your counselor.

The fifth tardy will be a VP referral and your parents will be contacted in addition to after school detention in REC. The sixth tardy will also be a referral with a mandatory parent conference with a tardy contract and Saturday school.

After you are spoken to and your consequences are assigned, you may proceed back to class immediately. Students with seven or more tardies may be referred to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB), have their transfer revoked, be suspended from school, and/or be transferred to alternative education. Keep in mind that if you do have seven or more tardies your teacher can fail you. So imagine you have such of a good grade, but you just can’t make it on time to class– next thing you know, you are failing that class.

So, if you know you are the type of person who simply cannot make it on time for class, then I hope you find a way to fix it so that you don’t put yourself in the position for any of those consequences.

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