Clarification: Tardies

September 20, 2021

We’ve been made aware of the need for clarification regarding P.K. Yonge’s attendance and tardy policy.

For secondary students:
Tardy is defined as in the classroom AFTER the 8:00am bell OR inside the classroom AFTER the bell rings for each period. Students may go directly to class to be marked tardy until 8:05am, or 5 minutes after the start of a class period. After 8:05am, or more than 5 minutes late for class, students check in at the tardy kiosk in the Main Office.

What happens for elementary?
Tardy is defined as inside the learning community AFTER 8:00am. Students may go directly to the elementary lobby to be marked tardy from 8:00am until 9:00am. After 9:00am, families must park, walk students to the secondary building and check them in at the Main Office.

Why the change? Is there a grace period every year?
At the start of each year, there is usually a grace period for tardies to allow time for members of the school community to establish new procedures and routines. This year, school start time is 8:00am and a grace period of 5 minutes was added (8:05am). This was included in a communication to families prior to the start of school .

This year, the time frame in which these 5 minutes of grace were offered was a little longer than usual due to the establishment of new traffic and parking procedures. In addition, grace was also extended to the start time of each class period in the secondary school due to construction-related challenges with building access.

With access to the secondary building recently improved (the bridge is open and the mosaic doors can be used) and the expectation that families would now be familiar with school traffic patterns, September 13 marked the end of offering 5 minutes of grace to the start of the school day and to each class period in the secondary school.

Student tardiness is now being tracked and counted for the beginning of the school day (8:00am) for all students, and for each class period for secondary students.


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