CCHS introduced a new attendance rule for school wide events for the 2019 winter term. (Stuart Miles - Fotolia)
CCHS introduced a new attendance rule for school wide events for the 2019 winter term.

Stuart Miles - Fotolia

Absences & Tardies My Point

and Counterpoint

March 1, 2019

Why do absences and tardies affect us so much for events at school such as off-campus lunch, school events, and even more memorable things like school dances or prom? Cesar Chavez High School tends to use our attendance to take away all the things we enjoy. There are many students who have above average grades, including myself, who may have above average absences or tardies here and there due to the ongoing traffic problems that we have with the ‘one way in, one way out’ school. I understand why we get disciplined for this, but these rules are not fairly distributed between ALL students. There are some who have the same attendance as others yet still manage to get all the benefits that CCHS gives to students who are here daily. Instead EVERYONE should be placed on the No Go List alike, but aren’t.

In years past No Go List inhabitants were able to make up absences and tardies with detentions and those who choose to not attend would keep the consequences already assigned. However, new to the 2018-19 school year we now lack the ability to make up any tardies or absences for school-wide events. If the absences are excessive and the student’s grades match the attendance then it would be understandable to take away games, dances, off-campus lunch, etc. Sadly though, not all students fit into this category, as there are many renaissance and honor roll students that are being flagged for attendance and placed on the No Go List.

Off campus lunch at Cesar Chavez High School is only available for those who have little to no tardies or absences. Many believe that if a student has a good grade point average and are receiving the grades necessary in order to pass classes at an honor roll rate then they should be allowed to have the right to off-campus regardless of their absences or tardies. 

School events such as athletic games are also something taken away from us when we are put on the No Go List. It is really unfair to deprive us of the experiences we should be able to have as high school students. Teachers and staff have complained about how students do not have school spirit and are not supporting our sports teams, drama, dance, etc. How are we supposed to do so if we cannot attend half of these events? Not only are we missing out on the fun of being with and supporting our friends at their games, but we are missing out on the memories being made.  After all, we only have four years to do this.

Now the biggest one for students will  be prom. How is a school going to take away the event that is one of the biggest nights ALL students look forward to throughout the four years of high school? From talking to students around campus, many have had the same complaint as this. My prom was taken away my junior year because of my attendance yet I had straight A’s in all of my classes. There were probably more than 50 kids who were never allowed to make up their attendance last year. As for the ones who were able to make them up with detention, CCHS waited until last minute to put all the dates of detention out for students. However, many of the students were already in the middle of either senior events, finals, sports, jobs, or saving up for prom in general.

Ultimately a school’s job is make sure that students learn lessons daily. Punitive discipline is not always the answer to lesson teaching, especially amongst teenage students. We are all still minors on this campus dependent upon our parents or guardians to reliably get us to school each and every day.  If we are taking care of our priorities and maintaining honor roll grades in our classes, why are we being punished for someone else’s responsibilities and the logistics of a poorly designed single driveway to our campus. 

Absences & Tardies a Counterpoint

Cesar Chavez High School has a new rule for the 2018-19 school year. This year if you have the equivalent to 13 absences you are not allowed to go to prom or any other school wide events. Three unexcused tardies equals one absence. This rule was only applied to the 2nd term of the school year. While most students at Chavez don’t like this rule, there are positive outcomes to this rule. Because of this rule there have been more students coming on time to school and on time to all their classes. Now because of going to class more often, students will be able to get a better education which in turn will lead to a successful life in the future.

Many people have many questions about this rule regarding absences and tardies and now we have answers. In past years at Cesar Chavez High School we were able to make up absences and tardies through detention hours. This in turn would allow us to go school events, such as prom, arguable the biggest event of any high schooler. In the year 2019 we are no longer able to do that. This has occurred because the administration at CCHS has become fed up with all the truant students who don’t follow school rules, but still manage to attend school prom. As one of the vice principals Mr.Cobb said, “If you would go to school and go to class you shouldn’t have a problem with having to worry about going to prom or not.”

Also new to this year is the ability to go off campus for lunch. At Cesar Chavez High School off campus lunch is available for the people that have little to no tardies and absences. Many people also complain about this rule, but if you come to school on time and go to class on time you wouldn’t have to worry about not going off campus for lunch.

Prom at Cesar Chavez High School is also a big event. Juniors and Seniors look forward to it every year. This year is different with prom, you are not allowed to attend if you have 13 absences and tardies with no exceptions. However, if you are on time everyday to school and class then you won’t have to worry about be excluded, even if your GPA barely registers on any scale.

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