While attending school, I always had classmates who’d show up late. Their tardiness would throw off the teacher’s train of thought because they’d meander in and take their seat. They’d need to be caught up, and that would take away from moving forward with the lesson.
At the time, I was slightly annoyed because I did what I could to show up on time and here they were arriving late.
Research has shown that tardiness not only has an impact on the student late for class, but also on their fellow students and the teachers as well.
While it’s better to show up late to school than to miss entirely, students with chronic tardiness are more likely to have a poorer performance rate and lower math and reading scores than their peers.
Oftentimes, though, a child’s tardiness isn’t their fault. Such was the case with Hunter Cmelo.
Like many kids, 6-year-old Hunter had a tough time getting to school on time. But it wasn’t because he was dragging his heels or being slow getting out of bed.
Hunter’s mother struggles with health issues and their family car tends to break down. On one particular day, the car wouldn’t start at all.
When Hunter yet again showed up late to Lincoln Elementary School in Grants Pass, Oregon, he found himself at the center of misguided administrative discipline.
“[The school has] a policy where every three tardies, you get a detention,” his mother, Nicole Garloff, said. “Every tardy after that, you get a detention.”