Tardy Policy


Hello Sanford Families –


We are off to a good start here in second quarter and winter break will be here before we know it!  As we have moved into the year, we are noticing that some of our students are struggling to make it to class on time – despite the 5 minutes for passing time.  We are noticing that some students have gotten into a pattern of talking too long to their friends and not moving along to the next class period.  As educators, we know how important the launch of the lesson is in each class, which is why students need to be in class on time.  We want to ensure that they get into the habit of being punctual prior to getting to high school.  The good news is that a large majority of our students get to their classes on time every hour, every day.  We want to make sure that 100% of our students are in class on time every day. 

This week we shared the details with the students about our tardy policy that will being on Monday, December 10th, 2018.  This information was shared in Advisory class and in lunches and will be reviewed again Friday morning in Advisory.   A student needs to be in the classroom when the bell rings, or they will get marked tardy. Once a student has been late and marked tardy twice in any class the teacher will alert the grade level Youth Support team member - 6this Ms. CC, 7this Mr. T. and 8this Mr. Z.  Students who come to a class late with a pass, will be excused.  Below is the series of steps that happen when a student is tardy to a class:

Late to the same class 2 times = lunch detention in room 216

Late to the same class 4 times = 2 days of lunch detention in room 216

Late to the same class 6 times = after school detention from 4:00 – 5:45

Late to the same class 8 times = 2 days of after school detention from 4:00 – 5:45

When students receive after school detention they will work with our grade level youth support team.  After school detention consists of community service, team building and character building and mindful movement.  This time will not just be a time to just sit in a room or study hall. Our goal is to have every one of our students in class, on time, every period.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thank you for your continued partnership.  

Amy Nelson

Principal at Sanford Middle School

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