Tardy Policy

Highland Park Senior High has started to enforce a tardy policy as of November 16, the start of the second quarter. The policy says that if a student is late to school or to class three times in a week, the school will call the student’s house and report to parents of their child’s late arrival. Seems pretty reasonable. Except for the fact that it’s construction season here in St. Paul, which will soon be followed by Minnesota’s notorious snowy season. Many students get to school via parents, friends, or public transportation, therefore taking logistics out of the students’ hands.

I recently posted a poll on Twitter proposing a “three minute window” policy instead of the current tardy policy. The three minute window policy would eliminate students being penalized for being a few minutes late to first hour, coffee in hand or not, as long as they made it to class within the first three minutes. Class would still begin at 7:30 AM.

102 Highland Park students took part in the Twitter poll, and 84% agreed with the three minute window policy, instead of the current policy.

Highland Park’s principal, Dr. Winston Tucker, has communicated with a student via email regarding concerns felt throughout the school. That student, Senior Misha Prasolov, conducted a separate Twitter poll asking for student feedback about the current tardy policy. “Some days I have to take public bussing, which does not arrive until 7:32, meaning that I would have to be tardy. There is no way for me to avoid this on these days so the policy is pretty unfair to me. Especially since I am only two minutes late,” was a sample comment collected from that poll. 

Dr. Tucker said that being late to work, for example, would not be acceptedTucker.JPG by an employer and you would get fired. Though this is true, I’m quite sure we won’t be expected to complete twenty pages of reading, four pages of notes, a lab, and at least three homework assignments in a week by an employer (seeing how all of the above is the unfortunate reality of high schoolers today). The “real” work world reality is simply not the same “real” reality of a high school student.

Another reality we all face are unexpected barriers that may occur in our regular commute to school. Barriers may include: Metro Transit running late, excessive snow blocking driveways, ice covering the windows of cars and/or streets, or unexpected traffic. One senior at Highland Park said, “Tardiness during first hour shouldn’t exist. Transportation can fluctuate frequently. After first period, any time later than one minute should be considered tardy unless there is a pass.”

A Highland junior said it is very hard for them to get up in the morning, “Especially after working and homework and other out of school activities which makes me miss the bus and therefore be tardy to my first hour. My intention is not to be tardy.” 

To take a look at other comments made go to:



  1. Highland Student says:

    Alright here’s what I think. I think everyone in the student body just needs to calm down in the student body. The way to not be late to school requires actual effort in the morning, and really that just means leaving five minutes earlier. If you get to school at 7:33 everyday, your life is not going to be flipped completely upside down by leaving five minutes earlier to get there at 7:28. Rules exist for a reason, and it isn’t to make everyone’s life miserable. There is zero point in protesting this it’s very childish

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