Tuesday mornings offer choices

Picfordec It is 7:25 a.m. The principals patrol the hallways. The librarians keep watch over the library. Teachers sit through department meetings. Most students still sleep at home. It must be late start Tuesday. After all, school doesn’t start until 7:50 a.m.

For those students who get to school early, the library, commons, and big gym are available. Students must stay in one of these places until 7:40 a.m., when the first bell rings. Students aren’t allowed to wander the hallways.

“I usually go to the library [because] I can help my friends with their homework and it’s not too loud,” Sophomore Matt Lindsay said.

While students are sleeping, studying, or socializing in the Commons, teachers are discussing how they can improve their teaching.

“I don’t think the students actually see what’s going on, but the teachers are improving classroom instruction,” Assitant Principal Nancy Wade said. “It’s given them time during their work day to meet with other teachers and to ask and answer professional questions that will make them all better teachers.”

Despite all the extra time students have to get to class, tardies on late start days are still becoming an increasing problem.

“There are many more tardies on Tuesday than on other days,” Wade said. “I think more kids are coming late because they have to catch rides, there’s more traffic, and students are not allowing themselves enough time to get here and get parked.”

On any day, one tardy to school will result in a warning. Two tardies will result in a detention, at three tardies students will be given two detentions, and at four a student will get a full Saturday detention. Tardy students must go to the office to collect their detentions.

“We call students down [to the office] to make sure everyone understands the policy and is aware of it,” Wade said.