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Attendance and Tardy Policy


Foothill High School Tardy Policy Spring 2010


1         Guiding Philosophy of Tardy Policy

Foothill High School exists to provide all students with the opportunity to be effective communicators, critical thinkers, and collaborative workers in order that they may become academically and vocationally proficient individuals. For students to acquire the knowledge and skills to become proficient they need to be on time to class every day.


Being on time to class:

-          Minimizes disruption to the learning environment.

-          Develops a practical discipline (punctuality) that will be expected in the “real world.”

-          Demonstrates respect for the people in the community.

-          Promotes a culture of academic and vocational integrity.


2         Tardy Policy: To encourage students to be on time to class everyday we have instituted the following policy:

a        Deterrents: To encourage students to be on time to class everyday the school as a whole will enact the following deterrents to discourage poor attendance:

 ­          Hall Patrols:

·        Hall patrols will be conducted periodically throughout each day by the hall monitors.

·        Students in the halls after the ringing of the tardy bell may be stopped by the hall monitors and asked to produce a valid hall pass.

·        Any student found in the halls after the ringing of the tardy bell who does not have a valid hall pass will be subject to a Wednesday morning detention.

­          Class Attendance: Teachers will promptly take attendance at the beginning of each class period. The following tardy policy will be in force regarding classroom attendance:




A.      Teacher marks student tardy via AERIES.


A.      Teacher marks student tardy via AERIES.


A.      Teacher marks student tardy via AERIES.

B.      Teacher informs the student of the third infraction (Reminder: note the dates of tardies on the referral and have the student initial that notation).

C.      Teacher will attempt to contact parent/ guardian and document (note and date) the attempt i.e. verbal contact, call made - no answer; call made - left message, etc.


A.      Teacher marks student tardy via AERIES.


A.      Teacher marks student tardy via AERIES.

B.      Teacher completes an administrative referral for Wednesday morning detention and forwards it to the appropriate administrator. (Reminder: note the dates for tardies #4 and #5 on the referral).

b        Incentives: To encourage students to be on time to class everyday the school and the teachers are encouraged to provide incentives as a means of rewarding good attendance.

­          Schoolwide:

·        The school will provide a 1 minute warning bell before the tardy bell rings.

·        The school will recognize good attendance via schoolwide recognition program i.e. dog tags.

­          Individual Teacher

·        Opener activities, habits of work points, homework passes, participation grade, etc.


3         Collaborative Effort: In order for the tardy policy to become an effective tool in helping the community of Foothill High School fulfill its mission all stakeholders (administrators, counselors, staff, teachers, students and parents) must work together to ensure that students are present and on time to each class every day. 

a        Teamwork: The effectiveness of the tardy policy is based upon the following assumptions:

­          Teacher participation

­          Implementation of an effective tardy policy that will be consistently monitored and applied by the administration

­          Consistent enforcement of the policy by all staff

b        Roles and Responsibilities: There must also be a strong effort by each person in our community to help students arrive to class on time and be prepared to learn. The effectiveness of the tardy policy will depend upon each person fulfilling their role and responsibilities as follows:

­          Administrators – will monitor the hallways during passing periods; will assign detention, suspension, and all other interventions as deemed necessary.

­          Counselors and the Behavior and Attendance Specialist– will monitor the hallways during passing periods; will meet with habitually tardy students and make parent contacts.

­          PSO’s – will monitor the hallways during passing periods; will patrol the campus, monitor the flow of student traffic, and help students get to class on time.

­          Teachers – will monitor the hallways during passing periods, greet students at the door, keep the student traffic moving and be a positive adult presence. Teachers’ responsibilities include:

·        Providing “on task” activities, and recording attendance promptly at the beginning of each period.

·        Not allowing students out of class without a proper hall pass.

¨      Students are permitted to leave the classroom only:

Ø       With a valid hall pass.

Ø       After the first 10 minutes of class/ before the last 10 minutes of class.

·        Playing their role in the “Hall Sweeps” by not allowing late students to enter the classroom after the tardy bell unless the student presents an admit slip.

·        Being a positive role model by showing up to class on time themselves.

·        Encouraging students to move quickly to their next class i.e. do not hold students to discuss and/or complete work (assignments, and/or tests) in your class and thereby make them late to another class.

­          Students – will arrive to each and every class on time.  They will attend Wednesday morning detentions and all other assigned interventions.

­          Parents – will support their child in arriving to school on time.  Parents will communicate with teachers, advisers and administrators and support the tardy policy.

4         Definition

­          A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in his/her assigned seat when the tardy bell rings.

5         Accounting Period

­          For purposes of accounting the number of tardies will be reset to zero at the start of each semester.