If you are late to school at Stansbury High School in Utah, you are going to have to pay for it. Stansbury High School recently implemented a new policy for late students that will charge students money if they are late to class. That’s way harsh, don’t you think?
The school made an announcement last week that they will now issue tickets to kids who do not make it to class on time. A student will first receive a warning for being late. If they are caught again, they are going to have to pay.
We will get to the students, but how do the parents feel about this new rule? The parents were not consulted about the new policy and they learned about it via email. This particular parent was confused at first.
Jessica Marshall Warner, whose daughter is a junior at the school, told InsideEdition.com, “My initial reaction was kind of, ‘Is this serious? This doesn’t sound right.’ I had to read it twice to make sure.”
Marshall Warner spoke with Assistant Principal Cody Reutzel about the new policy, but when she was finished speaking with him, she was left with more questions than answers.
“I asked about excused tardies, are they going to get accosted in the hallways?” she said. “He said the students who are walking with a purpose toward class... will not be approached. He said [the policy] aimed toward a specific type of student.”
There are a few issues with this explanation. Won’t students just skip class if they are late and they know they are going to get a ticket? Skipping is free!
“It may initially change the loitering in the hall but I think in the long run you’re going to see more absences in the class than tardies,” Marshall Warner said. “Teenagers are not stupid. They’ll think, 'I can go to class late and pay $3 or I can just skip class and pay nothing.' What would you do?”
According to school officials, only administrators will be able to issue the tickets and the money from the fines will go toward a fund for student incentives.
“What we're really trying to target is those periods between classes where really it's a choice," Assistant Principal Cody Reutzel said. "It's a personal decision of whether you're going to walk from class A to class B and be on time."
All the fun stuff happens when loitering in the halls! Stop trying to kill all the fun!