From this current semester, if you are tardy or absent to the same class more than 20 times, there will be a consequence. The consequence is that after the 20 tardies or absences, you will have to serve an hour of community service for every 5.
“The teachers came to me with a problem, and I needed to get back to them with a solution, and this is what I came up with. I just want to hold the students accountable for what is going on," Mr. Peterson commented.
He says the biggest problem is 1st period. Most students get there late or never make it at all. Every week, attendance forwards a list of the students that have now reached more than 20 absences, tardies, or combined, and he calls them in. He doesn’t see it as a big punishment, but as a way to keep the students accountable for their behavior.
“I don’t want to take anything away, the hours are due Friday the 23rd, which is the week before tickets for prom are on sale,” Peterson added.
He’s hoping that in the near future he will start something like this not only for the seniors, but also for younger grades. He wants the students to be as academically successful as possible, and that involves being at school on time, ready to learn. He’s also hoping that this approach to tardies and absences comes on strong, and that there isn’t a problem with attendance before the end of the school year.