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Dec. 16, 2006

Locked-door policy implemented school-wide to combat lateness

by Andrew Kung, Online Sports Editor and Copy Editor
The new policy regarding student tardiness has been put into operation school-wide by the administration since Monday, Dec. 11. The policy was first tested in 9th grade hallways before being implemented for the entire school.

According to this policy, teachers of every period are required to lock their doors after the bell. Administrators and security personnel then patrol the hallways and give detention slips to tardy students, who are then readmitted to class. Detentions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school in room 234 at 2:15 and 3 p.m.

The policy has been fairly successful thus far, according to security assistant Cedric Boatman, who says he has experienced little difficulty in implementing the policy.

"Teachers seem to like it," he said, and students "have no choice" but to comply. Boatman estimated that about 50 students had been given detention slips on Monday, the first day, and that this number would decrease as student awareness increases.

Fifty-eight students attended detention on Tuesday afternoon and 70 attended on Thursday, according to Boatman, who supervised both sessions, which were the first since school-wide policy implementation. All students in detention have fit in room 234, but if more come, it will expand to other rooms, said Boatman.

Students are assigned a day to serve their detention, most often the nearest Tuesday or Thursday. A student that is unavailable that day for legitimate reasons may be accommodated at the discretion of administration.

Those who do not attend the detention sessions will be given harsher punishments, such as in-school or out-of-school suspensions and/or conferences with parents and administrators. If students choose to skip the entire class period rather than receive detention, they will be dealt with accordingly as per the school's existing discipline policy.

The detentions will accumulate and stack for every period of every day. For example, if students are late for multiple periods in a single day, they will be given multiple detentions over multiple days. If an unreasonable number of detentions are accumulated, a meeting with an administrator will be arranged and proper disciplinary action will be taken.

According to Boatman, this is a permanent policy that will be strictly adhered to and enforced until further notice.

"We'll keep doing this until [administrator James] Short or [principal Phillip] Gainous says otherwise," he said.

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  • af on December 17, 2006 at 9:24 AM
    Teachers seem to like it?
    None of my teachers do.
  • the Pooka on December 17, 2006 at 7:43 PM
    'fairly successful thus far'? Who are you trying to kid? I was late to my first period on the first floor, and I waited around for a half an hour for an administrator to come by. Eventually, the teacher just let me in without a pass because it was the administration that failed.
  • ::: (View Email) on December 17, 2006 at 8:36 PM
    You forgot to mention teachers cant let kids out for the first 1/2 hour of class. So if you dont have time to go to the bathroom between classes because of this detention thing, and you cant go during class, your holding it for like 2 or 3 hours. That is NOT healthy.
  • wow (View Email) on December 17, 2006 at 8:45 PM
    can i ask a question? where can i go to complain to the administrators?
  • annoyed on December 18, 2006 at 6:00 PM
    this is so stupid.
    fascist administration.
    how can they do this?

    that's my senryu.
  • Henry Scher (View Email) on December 18, 2006 at 9:12 PM
    One suggestion that was made in the SGA House of Representatives was that the lockdown could instead take place about five to ten minutes after the bell rang. The response that Eric Hysen expected was that the administration would say it would interrupt class. However, wouldn't a person coming in 20-30 minutes late to class interrupt much more than a teacher walking to the door and locking it in the first ten? All the teachers I've seen either prepare the entire class within the first five minutes or are slow starters and can afford to lock the door at 5 minutes.
  • Mark Choi (View Email) on December 19, 2006 at 9:52 AM
    I think there is a serious problem with this policy.

    The first problem is that it does not differentiate between those who are consistantly tardy to class and those who happened to miss a bus or get up late after a long night of studying or whatever.

    The problem is that you receive detention whether you are in the hallways or walk in late after you parent drops you off.

    The administration needs to see that some people, though they may be at fault, make innocent mistakes that should not be treated with detention.

    The administration needs to reconsider its policy as it takes away time from students who are not guilty of truancy or cutting class.

    Solve the truancy problem by addressing truancy not tardiness.

    p.s. And honestly, how long is this policy going to last? The ID policy which was supposed to be implemented forever has phased out and I have yet to see another security guard enter a classroom and check for IDs. Manpower is not very large at Blair. Administrators... please reconsider.
  • Someone you may know on December 19, 2006 at 6:10 PM
    Does the administration realize that students are making fake detention slips/skipping school in order to avoid detentions? Did these new problems [among MANY others] cross the administration's mind before making such a ridiculous policy?
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