Detention, Going A Bit Overboard?Tuesday, April 24, 2012 By Baylee Boggs
Students who generally wake up a little late or take their time getting to class should know that tardiness is no longer tolerated. If students with have more than three tardies will receive after school detention, and if any student continues to be tardy they are put on a student contract. "Student contracts are for students who are frequently showing bad behavior or having poor grades. If you're put on a contract you'll have to go to 'academic recovery' (a.k.a detention) Monday-Thursday from 3:05 to 4 and you are required to go until you fix your bad behavior(s) and/or bring up your grades up, once you've done that you still have to go to the detention for 3 more weeks. You'll stay on contract for the rest of the year and can be put back in the academic recovery if you're getting into trouble or failing classes." Teagan Badger explains. As for students who have good grades and have shown improvement in the academic sense but still show lax attitudes towards tardiness, they will be put on the same academic contract. Detention now has tutors coming in and stitting down with the students and helping them get there home work done. Where detention used to require students to be proactive with the time that they have, now tutors are pushing them to do better and to get their work done so they can improve their grades. "I have mixed feelings for them. I think they're nice if you have bad grades cause you get a lot of free time for makeup work and homework but I also think it's pointless to have to go to detention everyday for something as small as tardiness. Plus there is so many kids in there I'm sure that Kortman and Donaldson don't even notice the improvements in a kid. Like now I'm usually tardy to 1 or 2 classes a day, which is massive improvement from being tardy to every class everyday. And all of my grades are passing as well and both, Kortman or Donaldson fail to notice," Teagan Badger said. Students could once leave detention after all of their work was completed but are now required to stay until detention is over at 4 o'clock. "All the kids in there earned detention. Donalson made it so that you have to work to get out of it. And a lot of kids have shown tremendous improvement" Mrs. Gibbins said. The year goes on and students still attend detention; trying to earn there way out of it. For some its just a one time mistake, others its repetitive actions that get them put on student contracts. The students on student contracts have the administrations help to work towards their goals.