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Posted on February 19, 2015 3:54 pm
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Tardiness
Self-contained classroom: Casey keeps coming to class late. The teacher has asked for her tardy slip. She did not have one, so she was sent back to the office. The assistance principle said that she was not going to be counted as tardy because it was her father\'s fault. The father has been having issues. The paraprofessional feels that there should be consequences for Casey. Her reasoning is that in the real world at a job, being late will not keep a job. Should there be consequences in the classroom for tardiness?
 
     
     
 
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Posted February 19, 2015 5:36 pm

uHugyT
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This is a difficult situation because it's not necessarily Casey's fault that she is late, however you do not want Casey to think that what is happening is okay. The first thing that I would do would be to contact her father. I would discuss her tardiness with him and explain that she is missing out on valuable class time and instruction. Additionally, I would speak with Casey about her tardiness and establish a system where there will be consequences if she is tardy more than once in a week. This way, if there is truly an issue and her father is running late, you can let it slide once a week. If it happens more frequently, Casey could have a privilege taken away. Casey would then realize that being late is not okay, and I'm sure she would communicate with her father that she wants to be on time.
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Danielle Brock
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I enjoyed reading this idea.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 11:01 pm

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Solution 2
Posted February 22, 2015 11:23 pm

Luvyba
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I would arrange to speak with the father to tell him my concerns for Casey. Then speak to Casey so she knows that being tardy although not always her fault, is unacceptable. If there is really a problem going on, I would suggest carpooling for Casey and try to find an available parent that would be willing to help.
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Candice Greene
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This is a helpful suggestion, talk to her parent and suggest carpooling.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 9:15 pm

rybuZy
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Agreed. Carpooling would probably be his best bet.
  Posted on: October 16, 2017 2:24 am

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Solution 3
Posted February 21, 2015 7:59 pm

uLuqup
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If a problem is occurring at home, I don't think that they should let that interfere with Casey's education (let alone allow her to think that it is okay to be tardy). However, problems with parents can be sticky, and affect children more than we could ever know, so maybe giving Casey a pass to be late once a week would motivate her to be on time (and give her the motivation to encourage her father as well)--make it green, put a fun picture on it, laminate it, make it hers. Tell her that she can use the pass only once per week and when she doesn't have it anymore, she will be counted tardy and have a consequence. This will allow some leeway for Casey's situation, but still teach her accountability and responsibility.
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Candice Greene
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This is a great suggestion, but I wonder if it would have other students thinking they can be tardy to.
  Posted on: February 27, 2015 9:15 pm

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Solution 4
Posted February 20, 2015 11:52 pm

yPutyX
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This is a sticky situation. It's not really Casey's fault she is late. She needs to know that being late is not responsible. I don't feel a call home to the father to find out the situation would be out of the question, but you have to tread lightly in these situations. I'm sure Casey's father could be reasoned with if you explained not only is she missing time in class, but she may start having to be held accountable for her tardiness. No decent father would want to let that happen to their child!
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eQyVuj
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Yes I agree. A very sticky situation when it has to do with home situations. I do not believe that she should get punished for her father actions.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 12:45 am

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Solution 5
Posted March 15, 2015 1:45 pm

ybereD
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Yes, I agree that their should be consequences in the classroom for tardiness. We are doing the students a disservice by not teaching them time management skills and the importance of arriving somewhere on time.
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Solution 6
Posted February 26, 2017 11:08 pm

yLeBun
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I would speak with the father and have empathy for his situation but still reinforce the school rules around tardiness. I would hold the student responsible for any continued tardiness.
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