Alpena High School’s Absurd Policies

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The end of the 2017-2018 school year was filled with many shenanigans and a lot of mischief. With there being a new principal, Thomas Berriman noticed many of those shenanigans. Therefore, in the start of the 2018-2019 school year, there have been many new rules and policies, including hallway sweeps, put into place to start out the new year fresh.


The new hallway sweeps are not necessary and should not be enforced.


Tardies were not an issue until this year. Now we have hallway sweeps, where teachers lock their doors and don’t let you in after the bell. Staff walks around and picks up the stragglers. Those who aren’t in class on time receive a detention.


A teacher’s job is to teach. They are required to take attendance at the beginning of every class. If teachers did their job correctly and marked students tardy as they came in, none of this should be an issue. Each classroom has a teacher for a reason.


From experience, typically, students who are more than ten minutes late to class usually don’t show up to the entire class period. They would have already been marked absent. Marking students tardy and giving them a detention right away is a useless power and will not change anything.  


The school should remove the hall sweeps and go back to the way it used to be where students have a warning first. Teachers just need to do their job correctly. If a student, is late chances are they won’t even come to class for that hour. They don’t want to receive a detention.


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Alpena High School’s Absurd Policies