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Student Tardiness Policy Sample

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

When children are tardy, it can be disruptive not only to their own learning but to the whole community. This lesson offers you some examples of policies for tardiness and how they can be used in class.

Why Tardiness Policies Matter

If you have ever taught a class where children trickle in late, you know just how disruptive it can be. Everyone else is engaged in a lesson or activity, and the latecomer needs to be acclimated into what is going on. Other students may grow distracted, wondering why their friend was late and what will happen. One way to minimize tardiness and also minimize the distractions it causes is by having a strong policy in place. A clear tardiness policy will get rid of questions about what will happen, setting up consistent expectations for every student. A policy will not get rid of tardiness altogether but it will set up a strong expectation for punctuality and establish firm guidelines for what students ought to do. The samples of policies in this lesson will help you understand how to use such guidelines in your class.

Tardiness Policy

Maple Elementary School begins at 8:30 every morning. Our schedule is as follows:

8:25 First bell rings. Students may enter the classroom. Students waiting in the cafeteria will be walked to the classroom by school staff.

8:30 Second bell rings. All students are expected to be in classrooms at this time.

8:31 Students arriving at school at this time or later are tardy. Teachers will not allow students to enter without a tardy ticket from the front office.

Consequences for Tardiness:

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