This is a really long post. Sorry. If you want to tl:dr this one, I understand. I think I've posted a few requests for help with revamping the tardy policy at my school. I'm on a small committee working to curb what has become a major problem. Right now we're using a progressive discipline-based system for tardies in each class. Tardy 1: verbal warning, 2: another warning, 3: letter home, 4: deans' detention, 5 and all subsequent tardies: required parent conference (i.e. student can't return to school until the parent has had a meeting with admin regarding the issue). For every tardy our automated phone system sends a phone call home notifying parents. What I'm noticing is that there are a lot of students who have been tardy numerous times in a single period. I'm talking 10, 15, 24 tardies in that one period alone. I pulled up just my students and saw that 28 of them have at least 9 tardies in a single period. Now, based on our system, you'd think that those students would have received detention and been placed on RPC a number of times, yes? The problem is that most of then haven't. Ever. That information is available in our attendance software just like tardies and absences, so it's easy to see. The deans' office (responsible for enforcing tardies and discipline) tells us that teachers are at fault because they're not entering tardies into the attendance system. Based on the fact that I see numerous tardies in the system, I think that this argument is invalid. I think that the problem is that there is a disconnect between what happens in the teacher's classroom and the deans' office. Somehow the information that a student is tardy is not making its way to the deans' office. We have a form that teachers use for tardies. Basically it has space for the student's name and info and then 4 spaces for tardies. On each tardy, the teacher writes the date and signs, and the student also signs. Ideally, this paper makes its way to the deans' office on the second tardy. After the second tardy, a carbon copy is returned to the teacher, and that's the actual form that continues to be signed on the third and fourth tardies. After the fourth tardy, we're supposed to write a referral for the student and send him directly to the deans' office. It seems obvious to me that teachers either aren't filling out this form or aren't sending it to the deans' office. I don't think that the form is unnecessarily complicated, but it is sort of messy to send it up, get it back, fill it out again, send it back again, fill it out again, send it back again, and then write referrals. Barring any sort of issue with the form getting misplaced instead of returned to the teacher (which happens from time to time), it's a lot to deal with, especially in very large classes with lots of students. It is my feeling that tardies, just like attendance, should be handled through the deans' office. Just as the deans' office sends out notices of excessive absences, I think that they should be able to do that with tardies. I'm sure that there must be a way in our attendance software to print reports showing tardies. When I brought up my idea at the last tardy meeting, I was summarily shot down. I got the impression that the deans' office doesn't want to deal with the extra work of having to run those reports and call up students. I understand that. I also understand that what we're doing isn't working so something needs to change. Although students aren't habitually tardy to my class (I suspect because they know that I enforce the tardy policy and WILL send them to the deans' office...), they are obviously tardy to other classes. This affects me because it means that there are dozens, sometimes hundreds, of students milling about in the halls and courtyard area, strolling to class without any sense of urgency. Many of those kids in the halls are disruptive and distracting to my students during class. I'm over that. What suggestions do you have? We have our next meeting tomorrow after school and I'd really like to bring something meaningful to the table.