Laramie High School’s new tardy policy is in full effect following a year of inconsistencies.

When last year’s tardy policy resulted in high tardy rates with no repercussions, LHS administration decided it was time to try something new. This year’s tardy policy attempts to fix that issue through obviously outlined punishments as well as intervention for chronically tardy students. Punishments increase as a given student’s tardies increase.

For the first and second tardy, students are simply warned by their teachers and could be subject to a student-teacher conference. The third tardy results in an additional warning, and the student’s parent is contacted by the teacher. Consequences continue to increase in severity, with referrals to administration, lunch detentions, after school detentions, administrator meetings, and suspensions for all tardies after the ninth.

Two of the largest issues with previous tardy policies were lack of enforcement as well as an absence of understanding. Additionally, teachers weren’t always consistent in reporting tardies. For example, a previous tardy policy dictated that when a student reached ten tardies in a class, they would be administratively dropped and would fail the class. This policy was never actually enforced, and students continued to abuse the policy. LHS Assistant Principal Jeff Stender believes that teachers are buying into the new policy.

“I feel like as a school wide system, we definitely have a lot of teachers marking tardies,” Stender said.

Most tardy policies tend to focus on teacher participation, and now that teachers are more willing to enforce tardies, the policy is already more effective.

The school can’t completely gauge that until later on in the year when students reach their fourth tardies.

“I think tardies are actually up a little bit,” Stender said.

This can be attributed to the previously stated increase in teacher enforcement. Despite limited information, Stender and the school administration have noticed patterns in tardy frequency during certain times of day, and hope to find solutions.

“It seems to be first period or fifth period (the period after lunch) that seem to be detrimental to the policy,” Stender said.

Of course, these are the times that students are returning to the school from off campus. There are many ways that students can avoid being tardy during these periods. The obvious answer is to leave five minutes earlier, but sometimes intervention is necessary. Students are invited to meet with school administration to formulate a plan in the event that they feel they can’t make classes on time. According to Stender, parents can help a lot as well.

The new tardy policy is primed to result in change and administration hopes to see a decrease in chronic tardiness. Extensive information about tardies is expected to appear in October and November, and the school can then respond accordingly to tardy frequency. This policy is a major change for students and teachers alike.