By: Kassandra Jaral | Published: Nov 13, 2018 | Updated: Aug 21, 2019
Tardies are a sensitive topic, no matter who you ask. Many have an opinion about them, whether it’s negative, neutral or positive.
Tardies feel unnecessary in the eyes of some of the students at Lake Highlands High School. They feel that some teachers are hard-headed and unwilling to let kids be two or three minutes late to their classes.
They feel that teachers should have an open mind, since Lake Highlands is so big in campus size. This is where problems arise.
For example, kids aren’t getting close to the exits to get to their class that might be in the student center, and that’s a problem because some kids that don’t go to class stand around not moving near the exits. Sometimes kids just don’t know where to go when it comes to leaving the building. And though we may be in the 11th or 12th weeks of school, we still have traffic jams.
“Kids who are gonna drag their feet to class are gonna drag their feet to class,
Assistant Principal Eldridge Moore told The Fang. “Whether you give them seven or 10 minutes, they’re still gonna be late.”
Some kids want their classes to start on time and some just need an extension of time before they are counted tardy, but sometimes it’s the kids’ faults for being late.
Th Fang sat down with Joanna Jaral, 10.
“I don’t think we need to extend the passing period, I just think that teachers shouldn’t be so hard-headed and give the kids a chance before they count them absent or tardy.”
This has become an issue to some kids who have truancy, and Jaral told The Fang that she struggles to be on time to class because of traffic and crowding around the doors.
“I think teachers need to be less demanding about kids and just give them some time to get to class, but not too much you know?” she said. “Like don’t give them the whole class, but don’t just assume that they aren’t coming.”
This brings up the next topic: the 20-minute policy. It states that kids have 20 minutes to get to class or else they’ll be counted absent. Many students feel this rule is good, but teachers who aren’t as lenient count them absent after five minutes of class.
Students feel teachers should understand the circumstances that surround the bad weather, or the fact that that not all kids are as active as others.
“I think teachers need to understand that not all students are as mobile,” Dr. Moore said. “[Some] don’t have the movement.”