Straightening up attendance

By Peter Kidane

The administration feels that getting to school on time is important and has a huge impact on learning in the classroom.

A few weeks ago, administrators began scanning the barcodes on the ID cards of students who were tardy to school. Their names were also marked down as a way to motivate the students to get to class on time.

The statistics gathered from the past two weeks have uncovered poor attendance. On the third day of this new system, Nov. 21, 152 people were walking in the door at 7:20 a.m.

“We have contacted the city planner to extend the light on 44th [in front of school] so that those who are trying to get in to the school can do so,” Assistant Principal Peter Schurke said.

Staff members are trying to figure out a way to get more students in the classroom on time. So far, the system has steadily helped the number of students tardy to school decrease.

Students have an unfavorable opinion though.

“It is totally unreasonable that they would scan my card even though I was only two seconds late,” junior Samantha Mafune said.

Senior Shawn Semana said, “I walked outside to grab something from my car and then I had to wait in line to be carded, even though I had already been inside.”

If you are even a second or two late at exactly 7:20 a.m., you will receive a detention from Schurke or another administrator. If you don’t have your ID, you can look to your left and there will be someone from the administration waiting to write down your name.