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Tardy Policy Has Students in Mad Dash for Class

Posted January 25, 2007

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— Tardies at a Raleigh middle school have dropped dramatically since a new policy was put in place.

"The fact is we used to have 20 kids tardy at least each period, and now, it looks like we have one," said David Ansbacher, principal at East Millbrook Magnet Middle School.

In one case, tardies have dropped from 37 to 13 over a three-week period.

One tardy results in a warning, two tardies result in in-school suspension, and multiple tardies could mean suspension.

Since the policy has been in place, one student received a one-day suspension after six tardies.

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  • wondermom67 Jan 31, 2007

    Here is another idea....What ever happened to telling your kids that they had better do what is expected. If they do not...then the PARENTS do something about it when they get home. Instead of the "I will fix this, they are not going to do this to my child" mentality parents have today.Guess what parents, we all live by rules, and it is perfectly ok for you to set rules for your kids and TEENS, and expect them to abide by them.The kids these days are so rude and absoutly disrespectful (to adults, all adults), if I had treated and spoken to my parents or other adults the way kids do now, my own mother would have knocked my head off my shoulders, and guess what....I would not have killed anyone. I was expected to treat all adults with respect or I would pay the price upon coming home. But we are now having to abide by the poor Billy has been wronged, you kiss my child's rear, when in fact poor Billy wronged all the staff at school. Parents get control of your kids.

  • Execution Style Jan 29, 2007

    they do this at my kids school too i thought it was a county thing...

  • jtrugger15 Jan 26, 2007

    I have heard great things about the program E. Millbrook is using to enforce their tardy policy. The program is part of the larger program of Positive Behavior Support. E. Millbrook's PBS Coach Bart Elliott has done a wonderful job of helping them through the PBS implementation process.

  • 1Raleigh native Jan 26, 2007

    I agree ISS wastes more money (school has to have somebody else keep track of the student)... pulling the kid out of class doesnt solve the problem... detention works better.

  • patriot4liberty Jan 26, 2007

    this is stupid. you're going to kick someone out for not coming. The ultimate reward for bad behavior: Give them a reason to continue it.


  • Oh Smeg Jan 26, 2007

    Could the schools be adding a fourth 'R' - Responsibility? That's a skill that is as applicable in the workplace and the real world as anything coming out of a textbook. Long overdue.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 26, 2007

    If you are on time, YOU ARE LATE! Promptness is a virtue.

  • builder276 Jan 26, 2007

    Is someone in the school system growing a set of nads in reguards to the students. Oh my God, what about the possible lawsuits. LOL, Finally some balls on the school board

  • jmoore1 Jan 25, 2007

    As of this school year, one tardy at Broughton High = after school detention. This new policy is very sucessful and over half the student body has had zero tardies since the year began. No one wants detention. I think they might get one "grace" tardy per semester; I can't remember. My point is that it is working well so far with much less class interruption as a result.

  • stanley104 Jan 25, 2007

    This is an interesting story, but I think instead of focusing on one school and providing just the bare numbers, why not develop the story by comparing to other schools and counties, get student feedback on the issue, or even examine how the policy affects the overall atmosphere around campus. After all, I'm pretty sure East Millbrook isn't the only school with a tardy policy... some are even more strict, i.e. a tardy (even the first) = an after school detention.