Tardy sweep takeover

Administration ramp up detentions to encourage class attendance

Charlotte Gilstrap, Staff Reporter

Tardy sweeps were put in place to discourage being late to class, but it doesn’t stop time long enough to be in class before the bell. 

“They want kids to get to their class within at least five minutes,” sophomore Shalayiah Dukes said. “But that’s not enough time. We need at least seven minutes.” 

The tardy sweeps are supposed to encourage students to arrive to class on time, but they have severe consequences if they don’t. 

“It feels a bit strict because even if a student is a minute late for personal reasons, then they have to get detention,” freshman Aaliyah Contreras said. 

Students think the tardy sweeps are unfair or ineffective. Having to go to detention after being slightly late isn’t ideal. 

“Honestly, I don’t think they’re really helping but I think they should’ve gone about it in a different way,” sophomore Carlos Gonzalez-Heredia said. “I think on your third tardy you get detention instead of your first one, because some people it’s not their fault, maybe they have to use the restroom.” 

For some students, the campus is much larger than they are used to, so it influences when they arrive to class. Shaylayiah thinks that having to get detention is not a fair consequence of arriving late to class. 

“Sometimes it’s not a person’s fault depending on their classes,” Shaylayiah said. “One of my friends has to go from portable six all the way to portable 14 on the other side of the school.”