Better late than never might not apply to arriving at school for the upcoming year.
The Warren County School System has adopted a new policy to address students who are habitually tardy or who sign out early on a regular basis.
“We hope this new guideline will reduce the number of students arriving late to school or leaving early and will maximize instructional time,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox. “It’s not widespread, but we do have some students who are habitually late and tend to leave early so these are standardized guidelines that will be applied to all our schools and be fair across the board.”
The school day starts at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. There is one policy for high school students, and another that applies to elementary and middle school students.
At high school, students are allowed two unexcused tardies, sign-outs, or absences per semester before disciplinary action begins. The third incident will result in lunch detention, escalating up to in-school suspension for the fifth incident, and out-of-school suspension and a meeting with the discipline board for the seventh offense.
The policy for elementary schools and the middle school is by quarter.
On the third unexcused early dismissal or tardy, there will be a warning and parent notification. The fourth offense will result in two hours of after-school instruction, and the fifth offense will require a meeting with the school principal. Also, upon the fifth offense, if a student is attending a school out of their zone, they will be required to attend the school for which they are zoned.
The new district guidelines take effect for the 2016-17 school year, which begins Aug. 10.
The policy states, “Being at school and in class on time is essential for optimum teaching, learning and earning of credit and promotion to the next grade. School bus transportation is provided free of charge to students in Warren County. For this reason, tardiness related to car problems, traffic, oversleeping, etc., are not valid reasons for tardiness.”
The complete policy is available on the school system website www.warrenschools.com under the “Latest News” section.