My school "begins" at 8am. The students can start coming in at 7:45am. By 8:01 you are late. By 8:03 the pledge/announcements are over and we are ready for our 1st class. We do have bus kiddos, however, many of the students walk or get driven to school. This past year, I had a few problems where kids would show up at 8am, or 8:01 and have 3 minutes to get unpacked, begin/complete morning work, and be ready for our 1st class. Since it was my first year, I kind of dealt with it as it came b/c I wasn't sure what to do. (We do not have an "attendance office", so teachers hand out absent/late slips to get signed and returned) I am going to address this issue with parents at Back to School Night in September. But that always does not work. :help: NOW TO THE POINT OF MY QUESTION .... I know the 4th grade teachers last year had some real issues where there was a select few kids who were CONSTANTLY late, some even showing up at 8:30. Mom would say they didn't have a ride, why didn't she take the bus, you ask? I don't know. But anyhoo........ How do YOU handle tardy kids? I'm talking about the kids who are late because of laziness, or b/c they just don't care......Take away recess? Extra assignments? What's fair and what works?? At my school this issue in dealt by the teacher so I need to advice as to what is fair. THANKS!!