Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Call for comments - help us revise the tardy policy!

Dr. Bouchard is seeking your input to shape a tardy policy.  We currently do not have a consequence for students who are frequently tardy. About 15-25 families arrive late for school two or more days each week, despite having a half-hour window from 8:00-8:30 to arrive. This creates extra office work, time away from the group for the teacher who needs to interrupt the morning lesson, and reduced time for learning and for building group spirit. 

Here is our challenge question: How might we, the faculty and parents of Menlo Park Academy, reduce the incidence of chronic student tardiness (two days/week or more) so that all students can have a pleasant and organized morning transition into a supportive community of learners?

We are looking for ideas that will help the school to shape the tardy policy.  Suggestions may include educating parents and students, incentives, or consequences that match the “crime.” We want to avoid solutions that require additional time/work for our faculty, that are punitive or shameful, or that are expensive.

Leave your suggestions in the comments below, or e-mail them directly to  Thanks for your input!

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