Editorial: Consequences for lateness

Schreiber students are generally accepting of the fact that their teachers may be late at times.  They do not think much of it and allow the rest of class to proceed as usual.  However, this is not always the case when the roles are reversed.

Depending on the class there are different policies for lateness.  In some classes, standing beside your desk instead of being seated at the bell could mean tank, while for others walking in five or even ten minutes late could mean absolutely nothing.

Every teacher in Schreiber is entitled to establishing his or her own level of punishment for student lateness.

Although according to standard policy, being tardy three times gives you a half an hour in the tank, teachers can freely change this rule as they please.

As of now, administrators have no control over each teacher’s lateness regulations.

The unfairness and confusion that comes along with the inconsistent lateness policies throughout the school makes it difficult for students and teachers to properly decide how to react when that bell rings.

This puts teachers in an awkward situation.

If a student feels he or she has been improperly punished, he or she often tries to challenge the teacher’s policies, bringing up a different teacher’s opinion.

Most educators who enforce punishments for lateness successfully get students to come on time, while those who try to please their pupils by being more lenient lose class time.

While recognizing that different teachers do enforce their own unique policies as they see fit for their classroom, The Schreiber Times feels that the Schreiber administration should acknowledge the confusion created by inconsistent lateness regulations.

Additionally, The Schreiber Times believes that the administration should work to find a common policy to be used throughout the school in order to ensure that the punishment for lateness is clear and consistent.