By Mariah Villanueva ’20
Often times, for any given set of reasons, students are late to school. At Pritzker College Prep, there are strict rules about being tardy. Freshmen and sophomores need to be sitting in their classrooms by 8:05 a.m., anything beyond that is considered tardy. On the other hand, juniors and seniors need to be in their class by 8:15 a.m., same rules applied. If students are late, then they are required to get a pass from the office and turn it into the teacher of whatever class they were late to. Students who take the bus, sometimes miss their bus, thus making them late to school. Also, going to sleep late can affect students ability to wake up and make it to school on time.
Jaylene Llamas, a freshman, stated, “ I wake up at six, and I’m tardy at times. Usually, I’m not tardy, but when I am I do get detentions […].” Llamas faces issues when trying to wake up early to get to school on time. However, she is motivated to wake up early because she feels disappointed about arriving late to school.
Crystal Barrera, a sophomore, stated, “I usually go to sleep around 2 a.m. every day. There is usually a lot of traffic when I come to school, specially on colder days. I usually wake up at 7:00a.m. -7:10 a.m..” Barrera does not come early to school because she receives so much homework and she takes her time to do high quality level homework. Barrera receives detentions because she is constantly late.
Well, there are some solutions to waking up early: putting an early alarm clock (or several), preparing uniform/necessities and aim to get at school at 7:40 a.m. at least. Spending time practicing to wake up early will help to not be tardy to class.
Daniela Ocana, a freshman, stated, “I get distracted in the hallway. I stop by to go to the restroom and next thing I know the bell has rung. I scold myself to be quicker next time [by] 7:15 a.m. The majority of my detentions are from being tardy.”
Monica Soto, a sophomore, stated, “I do want to try and change my habits of being late. I have also noticed that when I have less homework, I can get to school much earlier.” Soto is typically late to her first period class which earns her demerits pile up.
From these four students, they shared the similar issues with being late. Being late has several cons, demerits, guilts, and the teachers probably feel overwhelmed/interrupted when having students walk in late to class.
Maybe students need to spend more time reflecting/practicing. It is best to start on homework as soon as students have the time to, so that they have time to sleep. It is important for students to be prepared for daily tasks, such as tardiness. In Pritzker College Prep, there is demerits when tardy, but in the real world when people are tardy, they miss/risk really important life opportunities. So students should try their best and get into good habits now that students are young and slowly beginning to mature.