Tardy Policy and Procedure

Arriving to School After 7:30 a.m.

Students who are not present in their first period classroom by 7:30 a.m. should report directly to his/her Alpha Secretary for a tardy slip.

  • If the student has a dated, signed note from a parent/guardian with a valid excuse, he/she will receive an excused pass.
  • If the student does not bring a written valid note, he/she must still report to his/her Alpha Secretary and receive an unexcused tardy pass to be admitted to class.

A student has two days to submit a written explanation for an unexcused tardy. A student is considered unexcused unless a signed excuse is brought from the parent/guardian within two days and presented to the Alpha Secretary for verification. Upon verification from parent or guardian and acceptance from Alpha Administrator, student attendance will be updated.

Types of excused tardies are:

  • All items for excusing absences as listed under "Excused vs. Unexcused Absences"
  • Emergency situations arising from unusual weather conditions
  • Late arrival of county transportation (Late busses)

Tardies to class during the school day

Students that are tardy to individual classes throughout the school day should report directly to their scheduled class.

Classroom teachers will make the student tardy if they do not have a pass from another staff member or teacher.

Consequences for Tardies

Promptness to class is very important. Students are to be in their seats and ready to work when the tardy bell rings. An unexcused tardy represents unexcused time away from class and students will not be allowed credit for any work missed.

Each semester period, tardies will be dealt with as follows:

  • 1st offense: Warning
  • 2nd and 3rd offense: Warning and Parent Contact
  • 4th offense: 1 hour After School Detention
  • 6th offense: 2 hour After School Detention
  • 8th offense: 4 hour Saturday School

Any offense after the 8th offense will result in an additional Saturday School and possible parent conference with Alpha Administrator 

Each student who drives to school signs a parking agreement. Per this agreement, the following consequences will occur due to excessive tardiness:

  • 5 unexcused 1st period tardies 30 days loss of parking privileges
  • 10 unexcused 1st period tardies 60 days loss of parking privileges
  • 15 unexcused 1st period tardies loss of parking privileges for remainder of the school year.

Note: There will be no reimbursement for parking pass costs if a student loses this privilege due to unexcused tardiness.

Parents can follow their student's tardy progress in ParentVUE. Attendance letters will be posted to ParentVUE daily.